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Wyse Fork Battlefield Project

Earthworks at the Camp Southwest Site


Wyse Fork Battlefield Park

Fifty-six acres of land which includes part of  defensive earthworks  are being preserved in their pristine condition thanks to the efforts of the Historical Preservation Group (HPG).  The 56 acres contains the area where the 15th Connecticut was disarmed after the last mass capture of Union troops during the Civil War.

The Battle of Wyse Fork was the second largest land battle in North Carolina.  The approximately 56 acres of the Wyse Fork Civil War battlefield’s defensive line along Southwest Creek took place on September 22, 2004.

  The purchase of this property was made possible through a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund from the National Park Service, with matching funds from the Center for Civil War Living History.  The Center for Civil War Living History was created to distribute $500,000 earned by reenactors who donated their time in the filming of “Gods and Generals.”  

The Lenoir County Battlefields Commission under the auspice of the Historical Preservation Group has appointed the Camp Southwest Committee to oversee the developing of the property.  The Lenoir County Battlefields Commission is working on a program to make the acquired Wyse Fork property accessible to the public for educational tours and living history programs. However, because of the sensitive and fragile nature of the property, the land is posted until it has been developed and deemed safe for the public to view.

HPG continues to look for property on the Wyse Fork Battlefield that may be donated, purchased or easement place on property for further developing of the Battlefield Park. 

Vause Family Monument
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MARCH 7-10

Battle of Wyse Fork
March 7-10, 1865
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Battle of Wyse Fork
New York Herald
March 17. 1865
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