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Wyse Fork

Second Kinston

Lenoir County, NC  |  Mar 7 - 10, 1865

In an effort to link up with Sherman's troops advancing into North Carolina, Union Gen. John M. Schofield advanced inland from Wilmington in late February 1865. Schofield ordered Maj. Gen. Jacob D. Cox to move his XXIII Corps from New Berne toward Goldsboro. Cox’s advance was blocked, however, by Confederate divisions under Gen. Braxton Bragg at Southwest Creek just east of Kinston. Bragg tried to wrest the initiative from the Federals by attacking their flanks on the 8th. After initial success, the Southern attacks stalled. Union reinforcements arrived on March 9, just in time to repulse Bragg’s renewed attacks the next day. After heavy fighting and unable to dislodge Cox, Bragg withdrew across the Neuse River.

All battles of the Carolinas Campaign

Wyse Fork
Lenoir County, NC  |  Mar 7 - 10, 1865
Result: Union Victory
Est. Casualties: 2,601
Union: 1,101
Confederate: 1,500
Averasboro
Harnett County and Cumberland County, NC  |  Mar 16, 1865
Result: Inconclusive
Est. Casualties: 1,547
Union: 682
Confederate: 865
Bentonville
Johnston County, NC  |  Mar 19 - 21, 1865
Result: Union Victory
Est. Casualties: 4,133
Union: 1,527
Confederate: 2,606

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Southwest, NC | March 7, 1865
Result: Union Victory
Commanders
Forces Engaged
20,500
Union
12,000
Confed.
8,500
Estimated Casualties
2,601
Union
1,101
Confed.
1,500