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.