November 9th, 1864

November 9th, 1864

After playing cat and mouse with General Hood in North Georgia during October, General Sherman stopped the chase and established his headquarters in Kingston Ga.  From here, he was in a position to lash out at Hood if he reentered North Georgia, and he could also direct and finalize the logistical components of his March to the Sea.

Sherman had ordered the removal of all civilians in Atlanta and had also directed that all military personnel not going on the March to the Sea, should return to Chattanooga and other parts north.  Civilians not wanting to travel north, were transported to Rough and Ready where they were transferred through to the Confederate lines.  Sherman also ordered all the excess equipment and unnecessary war material to be sent back to the Federal lines in the north and that anything that could be of any possible military value to the Confederates was to be rendered useless and destroyed.  Once the last train had left Atlanta, the railroad was to be destroyed as well as the telegraph lines.  This would completely cut off General Sherman from any support until he reached the coast and could be resupplied by the Federal Navy.

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The Kingston Museum houses artifacts from the early years of the town and from the Civil War.
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Downtown Kingston is mostly empty now, with only a few businesses operating and many buildings boarded up.
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Looking west along the railroad tracks through Kingston towards Rome, Ga.  These tracks were an important supply route and were also the route General Corse took as he went to reinforce the fort at Allatooan Pass.
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The Kingston Methodist Church is the only Church in Kingston to have survived the burning of the town in November of 1864.  After the Federal Army had left for their March to the Sea, the Church was open to all denominations as a house of worship, which fostered a great sense of community within the towns people.
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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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