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New Bern Battlefield Park

Taberna Way, New Bern, NC, USA  | More on: New Bern »

The Battle of New Bern was fought on March 14, 1862, near the city of New Bern, North Carolina, as part of the Burnside Expedition. The Coast Division of the U.S. Army, led by Brig. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside and accompanied by armed vessels from the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, were opposed by regiments of green North Carolina soldiers and militia led by Brig. Gen. Lawrence O'Bryan Branch. Attacking Union soldiers exploited a weak spot in the defense’s breastworks, forcing a Confederate retreat to Kinston, N.C. The city of New Bern came under Union control, and remained so for the rest of the war.


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From US Highway 70 East. Turn on Taberna Way (from Havelock, turn left; from New Bern, turn right.) Go over railroad tracks. Entrance immediately on left. Park on Taberna Way.

Visitor Services

Self-guided tour brochures are available online.

Regular Events

Most Tuesday and Thursday mornings: community park maintenance and guide training.

Available Interpretation

Guided tours of the battlefield are $5 per person and are given by a trained battlefield guide. They must be arranged by advance reservation with the New Bern Historical Society.

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Admission Fee

Free; guided tours $5 per person



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