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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 14, 1864

Soldier from Roswell Hoped Family Factory was Safe

A soldier from Roswell, Georgia wrote home to his father, hoping that the factory they owned there would be safe, and wishing the military leadership in Georgia could be more like that in Virginia.

“…I am very anxious to hear of late dates from home. We have had no southern mail at all for over 3 weeks, ever since the raid on the Danville R.Rd. I was very glad indeed to hear through one of the Phillips Legion who left Atlanta last Friday that Johnston keeps a force on the north side of the river to protect the bridges & the Factory & that the Factory is yet safe. I hope it can be protected until Johnston forces Sherman to retreat, but feel fearful that he will continue to fall back to draw Sherman still further from his base of supplies. … Grant can do nothing with noble old Lee. I wish Johnston could get rid of Sherman in the same way. …” Source: T.H. Galloway (ed.), Dear Old Roswell: Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, Georgia (Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 2003), pp. 76-77.