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Battle of Wyse Fork
Second Kinston
March 7-10, 1865

In an effort to link up with Sherman's advancing troops, Union Gen. John M. Schofield planned to advance inland from Wilmington in February.  Meanwhile, Schofield assigned Gen. Jacob D. Cox to direct Union forces from New Berne toward Goldsboro. Cox’s advance was blocked, however, by Confederates of Hoke’s and Hagood’s divisions under Gen. Braxton Bragg at Southwest Creek below Kinston. Bragg tried to wrest the initiative from the Federals by attacking their flanks on the 8th. After initial success, the Southern attacks stalled because of faulty communications. Union reinforcements arrived on March 9, just in time to repulse Bragg’s renewed attacks on the 10th.  After heavy fighting, Bragg withdrew across the Neuse River.  Without Confederate troops to defend it, the city of Kinston fell into Union hands on March 14.


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Battle Facts


  • Carolina Campaign

Battles In This Campaign


  • Lenoir County, North Carolina


  • March 7 - 10, 1865

Union Commander

Confederate Commander

Forces Engaged

  • 12,000 Union Union Flag
  • 8,500 Confederate Confederate Flag

Estimated Casualties

  • 1,101 UnionUnion Flag
  • 1,500 ConfederateConfederate Flag


  • Union Victory Union Flag

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