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 office 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 they 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 there had been protecting and garrisoning locations 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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The train depot of Cartersville was mostly destroyed during the Atlanta Campaign of the summer.  General Sherman stopped near here on his way to Atlanta from Kingston to send his final telegraph before the lines were cut.
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The original railroad bridge crossed the Etowah River here and it is where General Sherman watched the last trains cross the river before the bridge was destroyed.
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Original pillars of the railroad bridge across the Etowah River.
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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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