Hiking the Appalachian Trail and Lost History: The Roswell Mill Workers
“I repeat my orders to you that you 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 [railroad] cars to the North.” William Sherman, Major-General
The Civil War was raging. General Sherman had begun a scorched earth policy of destroying industry and civilian property in hopes of breaking the will of the South. Women and children were targeted. Sherman believed that terrorizing civilians was the best way to destroy the South’s morale and ability to wage war.
It was a dark period in our history, slaves were bought and sold and families separated. We were not long out of arresting Native Americans at gun point and forcing them out West. Almost anything could be justified with ...