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Kinston, North Carolina is the county seat of Lenoir County. It was created by the North Carolina General Assembly in December 1762 and named Kingston in honor of King George III, who had only recently become the King of Britain. In 1784, after America won the Revolutionary War, the name was changed to Kinston to show that they were not fans of a monarchy. For a short time in 1883, the name was changed again, this time to Caswell, in honor of Richard Caswell, who was the first Governor of North Carolina. The two main streets in town were named in honor of King George and Queen Charlotte, and they are King. They are still called King Street and Queen Street. In 1791, the county of Lenoir was created, and at that time, Kinston became the seat of that county. During the Civil War, two military camps were established just outside of town: Camp Johnston and Camp Campbell. The bakery on Queen Street was converted to make hardtack for the soldiers and a local factory produced shoes for the soldiers. The Battle of Kinston took place on December 14, 1862.

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