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Battle of Wyse Fork

Battle here March 7-10, 1865, was an attempt by Confederates to delay or halt a Federal advance on Goldsboro. The Union move was ordered by Gen. William T. Sherman in order to consolidate Northern forces and open a supply line to the coast. Able to slow the advance a little, the Confederates withdrew and Union troops continued west. This was the second largest battle fought in North Carolina with nearly 25,000 troops involved.

Four wayside markers  with interpretive infromation along Route 70 east of Kinston
One marker with interpretive information on Neuse Road about 1 mile north of Hwy 70
Each markers describes some aspect of the battle:

  • Wyse Fork (Hoke's Attacks), Civil War Trails marker at intersection of Wyse Fork Road and Route 70, five miles east of Kinston - Marker describes the March 8 and 10 Confederate attacks against the Union advance toward Kinston.

  • Wayside with large historical marker/map at the northeast intersection of Route 70 and British Road.

  • Wyse Fork (Last Mass Capture of Union Troops), Civil War Trails marker at in the Woodman of the World building, three miles east of Kinston - Confederate attacks here March 8 seized about 900 Union prisoners and forced a Federal retreat back toward New Bern. The tide turned later, with Union troops occupying Kinston.

  • Lenoir County Civil War Trails marker at shopping strip at the corner of Hwy 70 east and Neuse Road interprets the site of the Confederate Field Headquarters Gen. Braxton Bragg

  • Lenoir County Civil War Trails marker on Neuse Road about 1 mile off of hwy, 70 east interprets the Junior Reserve role at the battle of Wyse Fork.

    also see

  • Carolinas Campaign
  • First Battle of Kinston