Tuesday Programs - Caught in Sherman's War of Attrition

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11:00 am

Guest Speaker: Carol VanOrnum

In the spring of 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman began his Atlanta Campaign. Approaching Atlanta in early July, he discovered operating textile mills in Roswell, Georgia. He ordered them destroyed and arrested more than 400 mill workers, mostly women and children, charging them with treason before shipping them North. Some were never to be heard from again. This cruel and devastating act against civilians begs the question, "Why?"

"Caught in Sherman's War of Attrition: The Mill Workers of Roswell, Georgia," discusses Sherman's campaign strategy, why the town of Roswell was strategically important to Union Army efforts, the plight of the mill workers and why they were considered a threat, and a brief overview of the mills' owners–the Roswell King family–Carol's Georgia ancestors. 

Carol VanOrnum is a journalism graduate of the University of Minnesota and has a special interest in the American Civil War. She has served as Secretary/Treasurer to the Twin Cities Civil War Round Table since 2009.


The Tuesday Program is a Club tradition to educate, inspire and entertain our Members and guests. Coffee and tea are served at 10:30 am in the Lounge, followed by a Guest Speaker in the Ballroom at 11:00 am and lunch in the Dining Room at 12:00 pm. The cost for lunch is $18.00 plus tax and service charge ($23.28, inclusive of tax and service). Reservations are not necessary.