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Kinston in Lenoir County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Union Artillery

Harriet's Chapel Battlefield Park

 

—Battle of Kinston Military Park —

 
The Union Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 26, 2013
1. The Union Artillery Marker
Inscription. Twenty-four guns of the 3rd New York Artillery supported Gen. Wessells’ infantry as they advanced through the swamp toward the Confederate line. The overwhelming firepower of Union infantry and artillery eventually forced the Confederates to abandon the line and fall back to Jones Bridge.

When Wessells gave the order to attack, two guns of Battery B came forward and opened fire. The battery’s remaining four guns soon joined them, all firing at the Confederate line near Harriet’s Chapel.

Col. James H. Ledie, chief of the Union artillery, then brought batteries E, F and I—eighteen guns—into action, Lt. H.F. Scaife wrote: “…the battery we were supporting was ripping up the woods in fine style—at every discharge cracking off pine trees as it they had been pipe stems.”

As the battle progressed, Col. Ledie moved Battery F to the extreme right of the Union line in support of infantry near the Confederate earthworks. A South Carolina officer described the Union assault: “Already the firing in the front was incessant, and balls and shells from the Federal guns were falling about the bridge.” The Confederates abandoned their position.

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(upper left) Guidon attributed to the 3rd Light Artillery, New York Volunteers
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The Union Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 26, 2013
2. The Union Artillery Marker
right) Lt. Manning Livingston, Battery F, 3rd New York Artillery
 
Erected by Battle of Kinston Military Park.
 
Location. 35° 14.45′ N, 77° 35.25′ W. Marker is in Kinston, North Carolina, in Lenoir County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Richlands Road (U.S. 258) and 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. Starr's Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Wessells' Advance—December 14, 1862 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Center of the Confederate Line (within shouting distance of this marker); The Action in the Swamp (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederate Defenses of Kinston (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Caring for the Wounded (about 400 feet away); The Site of Harriet's Chapel (about 400 feet away); The Night of December 13, 1862 (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kinston.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
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 337 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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