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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 09, 1864

Diary Entry on Roswell Mill Burning and Deportation

William King in Cobb County wrote in his diary; he had also heard about the burning of the mills and deportation of the workers from Roswell.

Saturday has pretty much passed away, as the preceeding days, with a few visits among friends in and out of town, trying to cheer and comfort them as cheerless and comfortless as I felt myself– this afternoon Capt. Rankin informed me (rumor of which I heard yesterday) that all of the Roswell factories had been burnt by order of Gen. Sherman, the causes which prompted the order he did not know; he stated that he had conversed with many of the operatives who had been brought into Marietta, to be sent North; he stated that they all spoke in very bitter terms of my brother (B) and of some other officer there–he thought his name was Camp, they seemed to hate them both with a bitter hatred; he asked them if they knew me, they said yes and spoke in the kindest terms of me. Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864