This Day in Georgia Civil War History
July 07, 1864
Roswell Mill Workers Ordered to be Deported
On this day - after Union General Kenner Garrard’s destruction of cotton and wool mills in Roswell - General William T. Sherman sent a second, very controversial, message to Garrard. In this message, Sherman told Garrard to “arrest all people, male and female, connected with those factories, no matter what the clamor, and let them foot it, under guard, to Marietta, whence I will send them by cars to the North… . The poor women will make a howl. Let them take along their children and clothing, provided they have the means of hauling it or you can spare them.” He also instructed Garrard that mill owners and employees alike should be charged with treason. Garrard carried out the brutal order. Click here for more on the deportation of the Roswell mill workers.