The Confederate Defenses of Kinston-Harriet's Chapel Battlefield Park - Kinston NC
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 35° 14.502 W 077° 35.281
18S E 264508 N 3902917
Quick Description: Confederate engineers built fortifications around Kinston and along the approaches from New Bern. You can see a portion of these earthworks from the boardwalk.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 10/9/2020 3:05:41 PM
Waymark Code: WM1388C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
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The Confederate Defenses of Kinston-Harriet's Chapel Battlefield Park— Battle of Kinston Military Park —Confederate engineers built fortifications around Kinston and along the approaches from New Bern. You can see a portion of these earthworks from the boardwalk. This line of earthworks originally straddled the road to Jones Bridge, which was near the site of the current US 258/Queen Street bridge. The earthworks on this side of the road ended at the Neuse River. Those on the other side ended at a deep swamp.

Confederate engineers used Southwest Creek as a natural barrier, fortifying three bridges across the creek. They constructed earthworks on both sides of roads just north of the bridges, anchoring the works on swamps. The engineers believed that the Union troops could not or would not try to cross the swamps. They would have to assault the works head on.

North of Kinston, a ring of earthworks stretched from the river to the railroad on the city’s west edge. Camp Pool, a large fortified encampment east of the city, mounted heavy artillery protecting the Neuse River approach to Kinston. Obstructions placed in the river forced boats to pass through a narrow channel, making them easy targets.

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(left) Gen. Nathan G. “Shanks” Evans, commander of the Confederate forces at Kinston.

(upper center) Earthworks at Southwest Creek near Hines Mill.

(lower center) Swamps provided a formidable natural barrier.

(lower right) The earthworks around Kinston probably resembled this earthwork near Atlanta.

LOCATION: Marker is in Kinston, North Carolina, in Lenoir County. Marker is at the intersection of Richlands Road (U.S. 258) and Measley Road, on the right when traveling north on Richlands Road. 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.
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