Kinston in Lenoir County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Kinston
Federals Turn the Confederate Flank
—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 withdrew to earthworks here near the Neuse River and prepared for Foster's second attack, which came about 9 a.m. on December 14.
Evans stationed about 2,000 troops from the Carolinas here in a semicircular position extending from the river on your left about a mile to a swamp across Wilmington Road to your right. You are standing where the South Carolinians stood. Foster positioned his men for the attack in front of you. Gen. Henry W. Wessells, commanding one of Foster's brigades, divided his unit to attack Evans' left flank here. The Federals encountered thick woods, brambles, and a determined resistance. Eventually, however, with superior
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 14.387′ N, 77° 34.872′ W. Marker is in Kinston, North Carolina, in Lenoir County. Marker is at the intersection of Meadowbrook Drive and Harriette Drive, on the right when traveling north on Meadowbrook Drive. Touch for map. Located at the First Battle of Kinston Civil War site and memorial. The site is stop 10 on the First Battle of Kinston driving tour. 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. North Carolina (approx. 0.3 miles away); Starr's Battery Lenoir County Confederate Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Union Artillery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Foster's Raid (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wessells' Advance—December 14, 1862 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Center of the Confederate Line (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Action in the Swamp (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kinston.
More about this marker. On the lower left are portraits of Gens. Foster, Wessells, and Evans. On the right is a map showing the tactical situation in the middle phase of the battle. In the lower right is a map showing the Approximate route of Gen. John G. Foster's raid from New Bern to Goldsboro, December 1862.
Also see . . . First Battle of Kinston. Page detailing the battle and efforts to preserve portions of the battlefield. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 9, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,136 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 9, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.