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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

 
Wessells' Advance-December 14, 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 26, 2013
1. Wessells' Advance-December 14, 1862 Marker
Inscription. Gen. John Gray Fosterís long blue line slowly marched north from Southwest Creek toward the Confederate line. The Confederates, behind a formidable line of earthworks protected by a swamp in their front, braced for the Union assault.

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.

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Wessells' Advance-December 14, 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 26, 2013
2. Wessells' Advance-December 14, 1862 Marker
Gen. Henry W. Wessells
(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
 
Help Us Protect Your Heritage! image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 26, 2013
3. Help Us Protect Your Heritage!
Note the last line on the marker: This site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The marker is near the above marker, Wessells' Advance-December 14, 1862.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 26, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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