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This Day in Georgia History

July 07, 1864

Roswell Mill Women Ordered North

On this day - the day after Union Gen. Kenner Garrard’s destruction of cotton and wool mills in Roswell - Gen. William T. Sherman sent a second 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.