150 Years Ago Today: November 12th, 1864

November 12th, 1864
     General Sherman and his staff departed from Kingston on the morning of the 12th and began their journey to Atlanta.  They reached  Cartersville around noon where they sat on a porch at the telegraph operators to rest.  Sherman received a dispatch from General Thomas in Nashville.  Sherman replied with “Dispatch received-all right”.  As Sherman ended his message the telegraph line linking him to Chattanooga and the remainder of the Federal Army, was cut.  Sherman and his forces were now cut off and on their own until they reached the coast.  Just below Cartersville the stopped to watched the last trains cross the bridge over the Etowah River, and then crossed the river and continued south.  They traveled about 20 miles for the day and camped near Allatoona. 
     The Federal troops in the outpost the had been protecting and garrisoning location throughout North Georgia were ordered to march toward Atlanta as quickly as possible and to destroy the railroad and make the country “untenable” for the enemy.  Bridges, mills, homes, barns, and other buildings were burned and food as well as livestock were taken.  What they could not carry, they destroyed. 

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Author: Clint Brownlee

My name is Clint Brownlee and I am a Photographer in Woodstock, Georgia with over 20 years of photographic experience in many different aspects of photography. I have photographed everything from weddings, special events and portraits to published materials, but my passion has always been Fine Art and Nature Photography. I have had a several shows at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia and The Roswell Visual Arts Center in Roswell, Georgia. I now sell through my website: www.clintbrownleephotography.com

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