American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of Wyse Fork
Cox’s advance towards Goldsboro was blocked by Confederate divisions under Gen. Braxton Bragg at Southwest Creek just east of Kinston. Bragg, protected by Southwest Creek, 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. Hoke's division attacked Cox near Wyse Fork crossroads on the Union left. After heavy fighting and unable to dislodge Cox, Bragg withdrew.