Kinston in Lenoir County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
First Battle of Kinston
—Foster's Raid —
As Foster approached Kinston on December 13, he encountered Confederate defensive forces under Gen. Nathan G. Evans six miles southwest of here at Woodington on the Wilmington Road (present-day U.S. Route 258). After a fierce fight, Evans strategically withdrew to earthworks here and prepared for Foster’s second attack, which came about 9 a.m. on December 14.
Evans entrenched about 2,000 North Carolinians and South Carolinians here in a semi-circle extending about a mile from the river on your right to a swamp across Wilmington Road to your left. About 800 feet of the earthworks survive nearby. You are standing near the site of Harriet’s Chapel in the center of the Confederate line, where a section of Starr’s Battery and Col. James D. Radcliffe’s 61st North Carolina Infantry stood. Because Harriet’s Chapel was a prominent
“At about 8 o’clock that night [December 13] we quietly stole away through swamp, mud, and water to Harriet’s Chapel. It was a bitter cold night and all the boys were half frozen, hungry, and worn out, and yet no word of complaint was murmured through the lines of these splendid Tar Heel heroes. When we bivouacked we were in hearing of the enemy, and we had no campfires till past midnight.” – Col. Peter Mallett, N.C. Battalion, postwar reminiscence
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 14.539′ N, 77° 35.275′ Touch for map. 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. Kinston Battlefield Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Fighting at Harriet's Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Night of December 13, 1862 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Site of Harriet's Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); Caring for the Wounded (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederate Defenses of Kinston (within shouting distance of this marker); Wessells' Advance—December 14, 1862 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Center of the Confederate Line (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kinston.
More about this marker. This marker is Tour Stop 9 on the 1st Battle of Kinston Battlefield Trail.
The small print note at the lower right of the marker reads: Major funding for this project was provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, through the Transportation Enhancement Program of the Federal Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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