Kinston in Lenoir County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Wessells’ Advance—December 14, 1862
Harriet's Chapel Battleﬁeld Park
óBattle of Kinston Military Park ó
Gen. Henry W. Wessells commanded the Union forces on the field. He deployed this forces in line of battle, placing his brigade on the right side of the road and Gen. Thomas Amoryí s brigade on the left side. He put his artillery in the road.
At Wessellís command the whole line surged forward. Confederate Gen Nathan Evans planned to hold out as long as possible against the overwhelming number of Union troops before crossing the river into Kinston and burning Jones Bridge behind him.
The Confederate strategy worked for a while. The guns found their mark and held the Union infantry. “The rebel guns opened upon their flank, raking their position. The of these guns was so concentrated and powerful that it cut a perfect path, two rods wide, for some distance through the forest.”
A Confederate barrage hit the 103rd Pennsylvania as it advanced deep into the swamp. The Pennsylvanians took cover and returned fire. The volley hit the 85th Pennsylvania, which in the smoke and confusion had moved ahead of Col. Lehmannís regiment.
(right) Col. Theodore Lehmann
Erected by Battle of Kinston Military Park.
Location. 35° 14.467′ N, 77° 35.267′ W. Marker is in Kinston, North Carolina, in Lenoir County. Marker can be reached from Richlands Road (U.S. 258) near Measley Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Kinston Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Kinston NC 28504, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Center of the Confederate Line (here, next to this marker); The Action in the Swamp (here, next to this marker); The Union Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederate Defenses of Kinston (within shouting distance of this marker); Caring for the Wounded (within shouting distance of this marker); Starr's Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Site of Harriet's Chapel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Night of December 13, 1862 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kinston.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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