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Roswell’s Lost Mill Workers Memorial
ROSWELL, Ga. – On Sloan Street just off the Roswell Square stands a memorial to one of the most tragic chapters of Roswell’s history. On July 10, 1864, more than 400 mill workers of the Roswell Manufacturing Co. were rounded up by occupying Union soldiers. These workers, mostly women, children and a few disabled Confederate veterans, had just lost their livelihood, and now they faced an uncertain future at the hands of these “Northern invaders.” When Union cavalry captured Roswell and burned its cotton mills, Union Gen. Kenner Garrad reported around 400 mill hands living in the city, mostly in the mill housing that still encircles Sloan Street today.

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Performance actress Cathy Kaemmerlen plays Hannahlee, a 12-year-old mill worker who is deported by the Yankees.

Photographer: HATCHER HURD/Staff

Gallery: Roswell’s Lost Mill Workers Memorial
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