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Sweetwater

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Title: Sweetwater
Authors: Biggerstaff, Ann
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: On July 9, 1864, the New Manchester Manufacturing Company's cotton and woolen mill at Sweet Water Town, Georgia, was burned by the Union Army as it encircled Atlanta. Approximately 250 women and children and a handful of men were taken from Sweet Water Town and sent by train to Indiana. Most of these country women would have been unprepared to deal with the hostile and alien world they encountered north of the Ohio River. Only a few returned to Georgia at the end of the war; what happened to the others is unknown. Sweet Water Town was never rebuilt. The mill's crumbling brick walls, the mill race and the dim traces of a road are all that remains of 250 vanished lives. The poems in this collection present an overview of the Sweetwater Valley from the time of the Creek and the Cherokee through today. Matty, Annie and Jedediah are products of my imagination; General William T. Sherman's letters and dispatches and the effect of total war on Georgia's civilian population, black and white, are all too real.
Pages/Duration: 47 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/31633
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