"Henry County furnished More than Soldiers to the Civil War"
It did not take long for people to realize that the War was more than pageantry
and military displays. It also meant supplying the troops in the field with supplies of clothing and
food. Henry County was very wealthy in the agricultural industry. The
county sent vast stores of crops to the men far off in the War. Women were busy making cloth for
the soldiers to use. They needed shirts, pants, socks, and warm coats for winter.
Mr. Samuel Dailey built a factory on Walnut Creek which was the fourth of it's kind in Georgia. He
kept it working supplying women with thread. He could not always supply the demand and the
women had to spin and prepare thread at home. People
of all ages came forth to help with the War effort. From the smallest child who could tote a basket
to the elderly and disabled were called upon to help with the struggle for the Confederacy's freedom.
There were several grist mills across the county that ground meal and flour for the war effort. There
was a jug factory on Reeves Creek to the SW of Stockbridge which turned out clay jugs, crocks,
and churns needed to ship supplies to the front. In the eastern end of Henry County just north of the
Snapping Shoals was a tannery. This facility produced leather for he war effort. The local cobbler
made shoes for the war effort from this leather produced down on the South River.
With all the men Henry County sent to the War and all the goods the county produced for the war
effort this was one reason the Union Army under WT Sherman was so brutal on the county. This
fact even carried over into the Reconstruction Period as many of the Union people after the war
punished those who aided in the War effort.
1. The Centenial of Henry Co. 1921, Mrs. Richardson.
2. The Mother of Counties, 1971, Mrs. Rainer.
3. The Last Train from Atlanta.
4. Lifetime citizens reports of these activities as told in 1971.