CONTACT: Lindsey Wiles
Public Information Officer
The City of Marietta will continue its commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War with various events taking place in and around the City throughout the year.
On July 5, 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's troops arrived in Roswell, GA to find the Roswell mill still producing materials for the Confederate Armies. With this knowledge, Sherman ordered that all Roswell and Sweetwater Mill workers (men and women) be arrested for treason and the mill burned. Children of the mill workers were also included in the arrest raid.
The City will remember this historic event with a re-enactment of the walk organized by the 150th Civil War Committee.
On Saturday, July 12 at 9 a.m., Marietta will remember the more than 400 women and children who were arrested from the Sweetwater and Roswell Mills, marched by foot to the Georgia Military Institute in Marietta before being moved to the Marietta square for deportation north to Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Most of the workers never returned to their homes in Georgia or saw their families again.
WHAT: Historic Milestone "Walk for the Women"
WHO: All Women & Children who would like to help commemorate this special walk
WHEN: Saturday, July 12 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Walk begins at Brumby Hall and ends at Atherton Square (off the Marietta Square).
A short program will follow the walk with guest speaker and Civil War Historian, Mike Shaffer and an actual account of the event in letter format will be read by Connie Sutherland, Director of the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum. Union re-enactors organized by historian and author Brad Quinlin. Ice cream will be served for all participants and water will be available for the walk.
If you would like to participate in the walk, please contact Connie Sutherland at 770-794-5145.