The Hinesville Gazette was established in 1871 by Samuel Dorse Bradwell. The press was in the upstairs of a two-story wooden building, located across the street in front of the courthouse. Bradwell’s father had operated a crude press in his home for a short time.
The Gazette, a weekly newspaper, was published each Monday, and had a wide circulation in surrounding counties. The papers were carried by horse to the Atlantic & Gulf Railroad at McIntosh and thence to Savannah, where they were circulated. Others who assisted with the paper in various capacities were D. W. Folsom, E. G. Clifton, S. A. Calder, James Bradwell McCall, Newton Andrews and Smart Bradley.