July 1864 is a month that Roswell remembers well. And a local group of historically minded citizens is going to do its part to make sure that that memory is never lost.
It was July 1864, at the height of the Civil War, when Sherman’s troops entered the small mill village of Roswell and burned the mills, removing the major source of income for the villagers and a major source of cloth for the Confederacy.
While most of the men of the town had taken up arms with the Confederate army, women and children had been left behind to operate the machines and produce the famous “Roswell Gray.” It was these workers that the Union found operating a major Confederate mill. These workers were all arrested and forced to move north, into Indiana and Kentucky. Most never returned to their homes, never to be heard from again.