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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 10, 1863

Burning of Paper Mill Reported

The Southern Banner of Athens reported on the burning of a paper mill in South Carolina, near the Georgia border - and its effects on the South as a whole.

Burning of the Bath Paper Mill. The Bath Paper Mill, situated on the S. Carolina Railroad, six miles from Augusta, was destroyed by fire, about 2 o’clock, P.M. on the 2d inst. The Augusta Chronicle says, the loss of this paper mill at this time, is a great public calamity. A large amount of work was done there for the Confederate Government, besides supplying a number of newspapers with paper for their regular supplies. The mill was entirely destroyed, with paper and stock in process of being worked up. About fifty hands were employed in the mill. The fire originated from a spark upon the roof. The high wind prevailing, and the length of time elapsing before the fire was discovered, and it wholly impossible to save the building. This was the largest mill in the Confederacy. The constitutionalist is apprehensive of having to suspend, at least for a time, its publication, until supplies can be procured from other mills.