Kingston, Georgia

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Kingston is a city in Bartow County, Georgia, United States. The population was 659 at the 2000 census; the 2005 official estimate listed a population of 868.[citation needed]

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Geography

Kingston is located at 34°14′9″N 84°56′41″W / 34.23583°N 84.94472°W / 34.23583; -84.94472 (34.235749, -84.944648)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.

History

On April 12, 1862, James J. Andrews with 18 Ohio soldiers [US] in disguise, and 1 civilian, having seized the locomotive General Big Shanty intending to wreck the Western and Atlantic Railroad, were forced to side track here and wait for the southbound freights to pass. After a long delay the "The General" continued north. Pursuing from Big Shanty, William Allen Fuller (Conductor) led a crew which used a push-car and other means and eventually caught the highjackers. — (db m13963)

On May 18, 1864, Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee's A.C. (Army Corps) marched from Adairsville on the road parallel to the Western and Atlantic Railroad -- turning east on this road to join General Polk's and General Hood's Confederate Corps at Cassville which had moved on the direct Adairsville - Cassville road. Federal General Sherman's erred when he assumed that all of Confederate Major General Joseph E. Johnston's army had marched from Adairsville, as Hardee had, to Kingston. This resulted in his ordering his forces concentrated here—discovering later that the Confederate Army was 5.5 miles (8.9 km) east at Cassville and not at the Etowah River south of Kingston. — (db m13962)

Sherman made his headquarters in the Hargis house May 16-19, for reorganization of forces in the campaign that would end at Atlanta. Assuming Johnston's army had moved, from Adairsville, directly on Kingston and the river crossings south, May 18, led Sherman to concentrate his forces here—only to discover that Johnston had gone directly to Cassville where, without making a stand, he retreated to Allatoona May 20. Sherman countered May 23, by moving due south. (db m13965)

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