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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 29, 1864

Report on Columbus Factory Making Socks

The Richmond Times Dispatch reprinted a report from a Columbus newspaper on a local factory manufacturing socks for soldiers.

Manufactory of socks in Georgia. –The city of Columbus, Ga., figures most prominently among the cities and towns that are exhibiting in local enterprises and factories encouraging evidence of our abilities and resources wherever we find men of faith and spirit willing to try to help themselves and the cause, without exclusive reliance on Nassau and New York. From the Columbus Times we take some reports: and capable of turning out one thousand pairs of socks per week. It is calculated that in a short time, when they get their arrangements a little more perfected, they will be enabled to supply Johnson’s army in socks. The character of their work is very superior, and reflects upon their skill and pains the utmost credit. Three of their machines are keep constantly running on soldiers’ work. One machine is engaged in knitting for children, or rather youths. One is engaged exclusively on ladies stockings, and turns off as good and handsome work as the most fastidious could wish, especially when the yarn in fine and well prepared. The yarn mostly used for soldiers’ wear is prepared by the Eagle factory, though they work up a considerable amount prepared by private hands.–The finest yarn used is prepared by the Macon and Tallahassee Factories, though they have not been able to effect arrangements by which to obtain a regular supply of this material, and only use it in filling out private contracts. They also use various other qualities of yarn furnished by private individuals. The work done is generally in accordance with the material furnished.