Gen. Johnston statue in Dalton, GA moved to Huff House

(If you are going to have to move a monument from public property, this is the leaast objectionable way to do it, at no cost and to an equally conspicuous and historic place. But don’t let this lull you into complacency. The anti-Southern bigots will be back before you know it – DD)

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(Dalton Daily Citizen) After spending some 108 years in downtown Dalton at the intersection of Crawford and Hamilton Streets, the Gen. Joseph E. Johnston statue has a new home.
The statue, which was placed in downtown in 1912, was moved to the nearby Huff House early Saturday morning. The Huff House, on Selvidge Street, is owned by the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society and was Johnston’s headquarters during the Confederate Army of Tennessee’s winter encampment in Dalton for about six months from December 1863 to May 1864 during the Civil War. The local United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter owns the statue.

“It is a logical place for the statue where the history of the man, the statue and the house may all be interpreted and visited,” said Dalton attorney Robert Jenkins, who is representing the UDC.

According to Bruce Frazier, communications director for the city of Dalton, “Money from private donors was used to fund the move and no taxpayer money was used for the project.” The statue was moved in the early morning to “minimize disruption of traffic downtown,” he said. The effort to move the statue, which weighs over 18 tons, started at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday.

“This was not an action of the city of Dalton,” Frazier said. “There was never a vote by the mayor and council on this issue and this issue never appeared on any city agenda. This was a private decision by the UDC which owns the statue.”

UPDATE: A new home: Gen. Johnston statue moved to Huff House | Local News |

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