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Confederate Headquarters Bragg's Command Post - Lenoir County, North Carolina
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Countrydragon
N 35° 14.038 W 077° 33.137
18S E 267738 N 3901975
Quick Description: Marker is on New Bern Road (U.S. 70) near Neuse Road (North Carolina Road 1804).
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 12/29/2009 3:43:57 PM
Waymark Code: WM7ZMB
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 5

Long Description:
At this location was the site of the Howard House, used as Confederate Headquarters during the Battle of Wyse Fork, March 8-10, 1865. General Braxton Bragg commanded the Confederate Army that was composed of the forces of Major General D.H. Hill and Major General Robert F. Hoke.

This house was used to plan the battle that resulted in probably what was the last major Confederate tactical victory of the war, when Hoke’s forces surprised and captured, killed or wounded most (900+0 of Union Brigade Commander Colonel Charles L. Upham’s force. Upham’s brigade was composed of the 15th Connecticut and the 27th Massachusetts infantry regiments and a section of Battery D, 3rd New York Artillery. This was the last mass capture of Union troops by Confederates in the war.

It is documented that the planning was conducted at “the front of the little white house” when on the night of March 7, 1865, Generals Bragg, Hill and Hoke planned the final strategy to stop the Union advance of Major General Jacob D. Cox’s corps. Cox’s force was the lead corps of General John M. Schofield’s army, which was moving from his base at New Bern towards Goldsboro. Schofield was to unite with General William T. Sherman’s army, also advancing towards Goldsboro, which is approximately 30 miles west.

The entire eastern line of defense for mid-Eastern NC was erected along the west bank of Southwest Creek. These substantial fortifications ran from the Neuse River to Jackson’s millpond on the Dover Road (present Highway 70) and were erected to protect the approaches to Kinston and the interior of North Carolina from attacks launched from the Union base at New Bern. These works covered several main routes of approach to Kinston that could be used by the Federals, namely the Neuse Road, the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad and the Dover Road
Type of site: Historic Home

Neuse Road
Kinston, NC

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