December 17, 1862Nearly 15,000 men clashed on these fields December 17, 1862. At stake was the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad bridge which spanned the Neuse River here. Confederate troops, outnumbered five to one, fought bravely to defend the bridge, a vital link in the Confederate chain of supply between the deep South, the port at Wilmington and Northern Virginia. Union troops, on a raid from occupied New Berne and in support of the simultaneous Union offensive at Fredericksburg, Virginia, attacked from the east side of the Railroad. After a fight lasting three hours Union forces succeeded in pushing the Confederates back and then destroyed the bridge by flames and artillery fire.
|Series||This marker is part of the United Daughters of the Confederacy series|
|Placed By||The Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield Association, the Robert E. Lee Confederate Heritage Association, Matthews, N.C., The First North Carolina Battalion, the Stonewall Jackson Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and many friends in the North Caro|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 4:45pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 770090 N 3914680|
|Decimal Degrees||35.33890000, -78.02830000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 20.334', W 78° 1.698'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 20' 20.04" N, 78° 1' 41.88" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 225-371 State Rd 1926, Dudley NC 28333, US|
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