Battle of Wyse Fork

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Battle of Wyse Fork
Wilcox's Bridge, Wise's Fork, Second Kinston
Second Southwest Creek, Kelly's Mill Pond
Began:

March 7, 1865

Ended:

March 10, 1865

Location:

Lenoir County, North Carolina

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Carolinas Campaign

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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Commanders

John Schofield
Major General, USA

Braxton Bragg
General, CSA

Strength

12,000

8,500

Casualties

1,101

1,500

  

Schofield planned to advance inland from Wilmington in February, at the same time assigning Maj. Gen. Jacob Cox to direct Union forces from New Berne toward Goldsboro. On March 7, Cox's advance was stopped by Hoke's and Hagood's divisions under Gen. Braxton Bragg's command at Southwest Creek below Kinston. On the 8th, the Confederates attempted to seize the initiative by attacking the Union flanks. After initial success, the Confederate attacks stalled because of faulty communications. On March 9, the Union forces were reinforced and beat back Bragg's renewed attacks on the 10th after heavy fighting. Bragg withdrew across the Neuse River and was unable to prevent the fall of Kinston on March 14. (NPS summary)