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Relive The Union Occupation of Roswell During the Civil War

The July 1864 arrest of 400 mill workers in Roswell will be reenacted on July 12 and July 13 at the city's Town Square.

Credit: Patch file
Credit: Patch file

Staff Report

Roswell’s Barrington Hall and the Roswell Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will host a reenactment of the occupation of the city and the arrest of the textile mill workers in 1864 by the Union Army next month.

The event will take place on July 12 and 13 at the city’s Town Square. 

In July 1864, the Union Army arrested 400 mill workers for treason and sent them north via train to prison camps. The arrest will be reenacted at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. on both days of the reenactment. 

In addition, the two-day event will feature:

  • An encampment by federal troops on the front lawn of Barrington Hall.
  • Interactive 1860s formal dancing by the Stately Vintage Dancers of Jonesboro.
  • Civil War era music provided by the 8th Regiment Band of Rome, Georgia (Saturday only) and the 97th Regimental String Band of Madeira Beach, Florida (both Saturday and Sunday). 
  • Demonstrations in Barrington Hall’s barn meeting space of mid-1800s games, etiquette, clothing and other period interests by historic interpreters Phillip and Janine Whitman.
  • 1860s style (wet plate) photographers – weather permitting.
  • Food vendors.
  • A sutler (1860s merchant who followed the troops) or two.

Admission to the event is free. For more information, contact Bill Browning at 770-640-3855 or visit www.roswellgov.com/southerntrilogy.

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