More so than many other cities in the state, Kingston is steeped in its antebellum and Civil War history. Both the Martha Mulinix Annex and the Civil War Museum house artifacts, scrapbooks and photographs that share stories of Southern culture and military skirmishes. In fact, so dedicated is Kingston to its history that, since 1865, residents have every year observed Confederate Memorial Day by honoring the 250 unknown soldiers in the town cemetery.
Kingston residents deserve full claim to this passion for their history: In May 1865, toward the end of the Civil War, the last contingent of Confederate Troops east of the Mississippi received pardon at Kingston. While in the city, General William Tecumsah Sherman made plans for and awaited approval from General Ulysses S. Grant for his devastating, although effective, "March to the Sea."