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Barrington Hall Living History 2017: Roswell, GA 6-7 May 2017

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  • Johnny Lloyd
    Re: Barrington Hall Living History 2017: Roswell, GA 6-7 May 2017

    BUMP- Site walk with Bill Browning, site manager, and Dillan Lee, of Pickett's Mill, went well last week.

    PLEASE NOTE: We will be live at Barrington at 0900 on Saturday, so be set-up prior to that time. Thanks. Questions, please email me- or catch me on FB Messenger: (Profile Handle: Jay Lowe)
    Last edited by Johnny Lloyd; 04-17-2017, 01:37 PM.

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  • Johnny Lloyd
    Re: Barrington Hall Living History 2017: Roswell, GA 6-7 May 2017

    All: Please let me know if you will be in attendance:

    We need Federal (primary), Destitute civilian and limited CS impressions.

    This is a great little event that will only grow as the years go forth. It is in a nice location, original grounds and house from 1842, makes for a good reason to visit the Civil War sites around Atlanta, and has a wonderful story to tell the masses that so desperately need to know what happened there.
    Last edited by Johnny Lloyd; 04-11-2017, 09:53 AM.

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  • Johnny Lloyd
    Re: Barrington Hall Living History 2017: Roswell, GA 6-7 May 2017


    Barrington King- Owner of Barrington Hall:

    Barrington King (1798-1866), the son of Roswell King, was a major force in establishing the town of Roswell and its textile mills. He served as president of the Roswell Manufacturing Company for twenty-seven years, from its incorporation in 1839 until his death in 1866. Barrington King was instrumental in the development of the successful textile mills of the Roswell Manufacturing Company, a leading supplier of goods to the Confederacy. Six of Barrington King’s sons served in the Confederate forces; 2 were killed and 2 were injured.

    Civil War Timeline:

    1) In May of 1864, three Union Armies under the leadership of General William T. Sherman began moving south from Chattanooga, TN, to capture Atlanta. His advance to Atlanta was delayed two weeks by fierce fighting at Kennesaw Mountain, culminating with a major battle on June 27.
    2) On July 3, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston retreated south from Kennesaw to pre-constructed trenches on the Chattahoochee River, known as the River Line. Sherman’s troops came into Marietta on July 3. He briefly established his headquarters at the Kennesaw House Hotel, before leaving to pursue Johnston to the River Line. Sherman knew that a direct assault on these Confederate defenses would be too costly in human lives, so he sent 4,000 mounted men twelve miles up river to out-flank the Confederate army. This flanking column was under the command of Union General Kenner Garrard. His mission was to capture the covered bridge at Roswell, therefore gaining a crossing point to threaten the Confederate position down stream.
    3) Union Troops arrived in Roswell from Marietta on July 5th.
    4) July 6, the Union army destroyed the Roswell Manufacturing Company. The sheeting from the Roswell Cotton Mill was taken to Marietta to be used in the field hospitals that were being set up under Union control.
    5) July 10th the Roswell mill workers were sent by wagon to Marietta. There they were placed at the Georgia Military Academy. On the 15th of July, they were marched to the train station and sent by train to the north.
    6) From July 13 – 17, A Union army crossed at Roswell. Roswell was occupied by approximately 31,000 troops during July of 1864.
    7) On July 22, the Union army engaged with the Confederate army in the Battle of Atlanta.
    8) The fighting at the Shallow ford on July 9, 1864 involved the Spencer repeating rifle by Union forces. This was the first time in U.S. history a rifle was used successfully under water during armed conflict.

    UNION ARMY WAR CRIME- Deportation of the Roswell Mill Women:

    In July 1864 during the Atlanta campaign General William T. Sherman ordered the approximately 400 Roswell mill workers, mostly women, arrested as traitors and shipped as prisoners to the North with their children. There is little evidence that more than a few of the women ever returned home.
    As the Union forces approached Atlanta in the early summer of 1864, almost all the members of the founding families of Roswell—aristocrats from the Georgia coast, most of them owners and/or stockholders of the Roswell Manufacturing Company mills—had fled. The remaining residents were mostly the mill workers and their families. The two cotton mills and a woolen mill continued to operate, producing cloth for Confederate uniforms and other much-needed military supplies, such as rope, canvas, and tent cloth.
    On July 5, seeking a way to cross the Chattahoochee River and gain access to Atlanta, Brigadier General Kenner Garrard's cavalry began the Union's twelve-day occupation of Roswell, which was undefended. The next day Garrard reported to Sherman that he had discovered the mills in full operation and had proceeded to destroy them, and that about 400 women had been employed in the mills. On July 7 Sherman replied that the destruction of the mills "meets my entire approval." He ordered that the owners and employees be arrested and charged with treason, elaborating, "I repeat my orders that you arrest all people, male and female, connected with those factories, no matter what the clamor, and let them foot it, under guard, to Marietta, whence I will send them by [railroad] cars, to the North. . . . Let them [the women] take along their children and clothing, providing they have a means of hauling or you can spare them."
    The women, their children, and the few men, most either too young or too old to fight, were transported by wagon to Marietta and imprisoned in the Georgia Military Institute, by then abandoned. Then, with several days' rations, they were loaded into boxcars that proceeded through Chattanooga, Tennessee, and after a stopover in Nashville, Tennessee, headed to Louisville, Kentucky, the final destination for many of the mill workers. Others were sent across the Ohio River to Indiana.
    First housed and fed in a Louisville refugee hospital, the women later took what menial jobs and living arrangements could be found. Those in Indiana struggled to survive, many settling near the river, where eventually mills provided employment. Unless husbands had been transported with the women or had been imprisoned nearby, there was little probability of a return to Roswell, so the remaining women began to marry and bear children.
    The tragedy, widely publicized at the time, with outrage expressed in northern as well as southern presses, was virtually forgotten over the next century. Only in the 1980s did a few writers begin to research and tell the story. Even then, the individual identities and fates of the women remained unknown. In 1998 the Roswell Mills Camp No. 1547, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, initiated a project to acknowledge and honor the deported mill workers. Through publicity, advertisements, and research, some of the descendants and other relatives were found; most of their deported ancestors had settled in the North. In July 2000 the project culminated in a ceremonial event highlighted by unveiling a memorial monument in Roswell's mill village park to commemorate the sacrifices of the mill workers and to honor the 400 women.
    Last edited by Johnny Lloyd; 04-10-2017, 10:47 PM.

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  • Johnny Lloyd
    Re: Barrington Hall Living History 2017: Roswell, GA 6-7 May 2017

    TO ALL:

    Dillan Lee of Pickett's Mill Georgia State Park will serve as our 1st Sergeant for the event. All military forces will report to him or me for the event organization!

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  • Johnny Lloyd
    Re: Barrington Hall Living History 2017: Roswell, GA 6-7 May 2017

    Looking for a cannon and crew to come to this site to do Federal impression.

    Let me know...

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  • Johnny Lloyd
    Re: Barrington Hall Living History 2017: Roswell, GA 6-7 May 2017

    Facebook thread has been updated with Site Walk pics and video from this week!

    Remember 40 people max cap on this event due to site limitations- deadline for you to confirm attendance to me is 1 Mar 2017

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  • Johnny Lloyd
    Re: Barrington Hall Living History 2017: Roswell, GA 6-7 May 2017

    Folks, we are going to put a cap of 40 people for this event since the site size can't take much more than that. Deadline to give your name to me will be 1 Mar 2017. Email me your intent on participating:


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  • Johnny Lloyd
    Re: Barrington Hall Living History 2017: Roswell, GA 6-7 May 2017

    Originally posted by KevinBarnes View Post
    Would they have been issued carbine boxes with the carbines?
    Most likely yes. Artillery equipped as infantry as well as cavalry (mounted and dismounted) are needed. Quality impressions only!

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  • KevinBarnes
    Re: Barrington Hall Living History 2017: Roswell, GA 6-7 May 2017

    Would they have been issued carbine boxes with the carbines?

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  • Barrington Hall Living History 2017: Roswell, GA 6-7 May 2017

    GREAT NEWS: Organizer Bill Browning tells me Barrington Hall Living History this year will be 6-7 May 2017. Looking for 1864 Georgia late war Federal and Civilian impressions mostly, since the CS forces had been forced-out of the area prior to the siege of Atlanta in early summer 1864, but a few CS impressions are good.

    History: Union General Kenner Garard's cavalry used Barrington Hall (built 1837- not a plantation, but a rich man's house of the period) as a logistics base in order to probe a way to cross the Chattahoochee River on the Confederate right/Federal left headed South towards Atlanta. This was also an attempt to seize the Roswell, GA mills that made "Roswell Grey" Cloth for the CS war effort.

    Also of note: the "Roswell 400" female mill workers were captured here under Mr. Barrington King's employment making cloth for the war effort. They were accused of treason and put on trains headed North, never to be seen again. This was a war crime and has never been fully solved. Some of the original mill barracks still survive in the spot today as boutique shops, known as "the Bricks".

    Impression standards: Now, as I said, this is US- Western Federal 1864 Sherman's Bummers look primarily, but it would be nice to have a few CS-late war impressions to provide contrast to the US material culture as well, but only a few since the CS forces were out of the area and entrenched around Atlanta by the time the house comes into play in the war. The Civilians should look destitute, late war Southern impressions (think raggedy, work impressions- late war Southerns, nothing fancy).

    Let me know if you want to be added to the FB group below and I will do so. Information will be disseminated mostly there, as well as here.



    1) Name: Barrington Hall Living History 27-28 Aug 2016
    2) Impressions: Chicago Board of Trade Independent Flying Battery (Artillery equipped and trained as infantry- Western Feds)/Local Destitute Civilians- Limited Fed Cav and CS impressions (ask me first, please)
    3) Impression guidelines: below
    4) Sponsor: Salt River Rifles A Contingent mess of SCAR sponsored event, Reasonable numbers: 10-20 Fed, 5-10 Confed, 10-20 Civ
    5) Activities outside the event: 1837 House grounds seized by Federal cavalry and artillery as a logistics base, nearby period house dairy, nearby ruins of Roswell Mills, nearby 3 period house museums: Barrington Hall/Bulloch Hall/Smith Plantation all there during the war, downtown bar and restaurant district nearby for after the event
    7) POC is Johnny Lloyd

    Location of the event:

    535 Barrington Drive
    Roswell, Georgia 30075
    (770) 640-3855

    FB Page:

    --------------------BRING OWN PERIOD FOOD for 2 days. You are responsible for your own food. Event goes live from 0900- 1700. After the public leaves, you may leave site and get modern food across the street----------------------------


    US- Hardee's, Sack Coats and sky blue trousers. Western Depot-made leathers. Think Sherman's Bummers look!

    Chicago Board of Trade Battery and Infantry at Murfreesborough. They fought in the Atlanta Campaign in 1864 as well. They raised the 72nd, 88th & 113th Illinois Infantry Regiments also.

    Link about the Chicago BTB:

    1) Hardee Hat of Proper Period Materials and Construction (undressed).
    2) Any Documented, Period-Correct Style Citizen Hat of Proper Period Materials and Construction.
    3) Forage Cap. Correct Shellacked Bill - Not shaped like a baseball cap and of Proper Period Materials and Construction. Coats/Jackets:
    Four-Button Sack coat of Proper Period Materials and Construction, Lined or Un-Lined. Hand-Sewn Button Holes; or Federal Infantry Issue Shell Jacket (Roundabouts - No State Jackets), or Frock Coat.

    1) Wool Flannel Federal Contract Shirt with hand sewn buttonholes of Proper Period Materials and Construction. 2) U. S. Regulation Issue Domet flannel. To be all hand-stitched and flat-felled seams. Natural off-white. 3) Citizen Shirt. Hand-Sewn 100% Wool or 100% Homespun, with Hand-Sewn Buttonholes.

    1) Sky Blue Infantry-Pattern, Wool Kersey with Stamped-Tin Paperback Buttons and Hand-Sewn Buttonholes.

    1) Military Issue. Hand-Sewn Button Holes. 2) Citizen Pattern. Hand-Sewn Button Holes.

    1) Government Issued Brogans. (Suggested with Hobnails). 2) Citizen or Military-Style of Proper Period Materials and Construction. 3) Military or Citizen Boots of Proper Period Materials and Construction.
    Socks: Military or Citizen Socks. Hand-Knitted Cotton or Wool of Period Construction. (Having an extra pair is Strongly Suggested)


    U.S. Issue Black Tarred Haversack of Proper Period Construction with Roller-Buckle.

    U.S. Issued Smooth-Side with or without Jean or Wool Cover. Linen Straps (preferred). NO CHAINS. Hemp or Linen Twine for Cork Stopper.

    Bedrolls (Horse-Collars) or 1855 Double Bag Soft Pack, (Tarred black of Correct Period Construction).
    Cartridge Boxes (Bring 50 Rounds - Must Have Tins):
    Correct Period Construction US Issue .58 or .69 Caliber Box with US Box Plate, Sling and U.S. Breast Plate. Bring 50 rounds: (must have tins).
    Cap Pouch: Must Have Wool Liner. Bring 60 Caps:
    1) U.S. M 1850. 2) U.S. Shield Front.

    1) Late War Waxed Leather Belt with Brass Keeper strongly preferred. 2) Early War Waxed Leather Belt with Leather Loop. Blackened Buff acceptable but not required.
    U.S. Issue Belt Plate: Puppy paws under the "S" are preferred.

    Firearms (We Strongly Encourage Weapons that have all Modern Markings Removed)

    HISTORICAL NOTE ON FIREARMS: The BTB was detailed to Union Gen Kinner Garrard's cavalry division and would probably be equipped as such in 1864. However in 1862, they were issued muskets. Cav/Arty arms are good, but a musket is acceptable

    1) Cav carbines or pistols- Sharps, Colt 2) M 1861 or 55 Springfield

    Appropriate Rifle Sling (Optional). No 2-Banded Weapons.
    Bayonet Scabbards (optional): Federal Sewn Scabbard or 2-rivet. *Must have an Attached Finial.

    Brown or Gray U.S. Issue Blankets with Brown Preferred.
    Tentage: Shelter Halves are Acceptable. No Other Tentage Allowed.

    Gum Blankets/Oil Cloth:
    1) U.S. Issue India Gum Blanket with Small Grommets. 2) Tarred Oil Ground Cloth 3) Ponchos - Reluctantly Accepted.

    1) Period Frames Only. 2) NO Modern Eyewear of ANY Kind! (Contacts Excluded)

    Also, if you have arty or cav related materials, bring them.

    FED CAV: Horses are welcome at this event! Let me know for more details.


    CS- (limited numbers- ask me for details BEFORE you come and I can send you the standards. Need to control these numbers since by the time the house was involved in the war, CS forces withdrew across the Chattahoochee. CS will be used to provide contrast to US) Atlanta campaign materials, Atlanta or Columbus Depot jackets/kepis/issue or civilian trousers.


    Civilian- destitute work impressions or beleaguered townspeople. Women who do a work impression are needed to portray the Roswell 400 that worked in the Roswell Mills for the Confederate war effort. Research for the "Roswell 400":

    YOU CAN 'camp heavy'... since we are in a period town, bring your household items (tables, chairs, lamps, etc. Refugee impressions are great too. Whatever you bring, make it NOT SUNDAY's FINEST. Items should be ragged and reflect 3 prior years of hardships and blockade taking full effect. We ain't having a tea party here, this is war.

    Any questions- email or call/text 443-995-2079 (cell)
    Last edited by Johnny Lloyd; 04-10-2017, 10:33 PM.