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what is the meaning of sawmill in this sentence?

I could hear the blackbirds whistling on the edge of the wood ,andin the rippert field,behind the sawmill,the prussians going throught their drill

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That sounds as if it's from a poem.

This is my opinion of the meaning of the sentence:

The Prussians were elite Teutonic (German/Polish/Lithuanian/Czech) military troops and commanders. The fact that the Prussians were "going through their drill" and could be heard over the noise of the sawmill means that what they were doing was extremely noisy. I think it's likely that the writer is alluding to the noise of battle.

Reference: Old Swabbie

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A sawmill. A place where they cut wood into usable lumber. What other definition is there?