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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 09, 1864

Sherman Wrote of Mill Worker Deportation

General William T. Sherman wrote to another Union general in Nashville, TN - telling exactly what he had done to the Roswell mill workers two days earlier, and ordering the man in Nashville to send them on further once they reached his point. Most the mill workers - primarily women - ended up settling in Kentucky or Indiana. Click here for more on the deportation of the Roswell mill workers.

“I have ordered the arrested operators at the Confederate manufactories at Roswell and Sweet Water, to be sent North. When they reach Nashville have them sent across the Ohio River and turned loose to earn a living where they won’t do us any harm. If any of the principals seem to you dangerous, you may order them imprisoned for a time. The men were exempt from conscription by reason of their skill, but the women were simply laborers that must be removed from this district.” Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), p. 597.