Battle of Kinston

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Battle of Kinston
Part of the American Civil War
Date December 14, 1862 (1862-12-14)
Location Lenoir County, North Carolina
Result Union victory
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Commanders and leaders
John G. Foster Nathan Evans
Units involved
Department of North Carolina, 1st Division Evan's Brigade
10,000 4,000
Casualties and losses


Kinston Battlefield
Nearest city Kinston, North Carolina
Area 614 acres (248 ha)
Built 1862
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 06001104[1]
Added to NRHP November 30, 2006

The Battle of Kinston was fought on December 14, 1862, in Lenoir County, North Carolina, near the town of Kinston, as part of the Goldsboro Expedition of the American Civil War.

A Union expedition led by Brig. Gen. John G. Foster left New Bern in December to disrupt the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad at Goldsborough. The advance was stubbornly contested by Brig. Gen. Nathan Evans's brigade near Kinston Bridge on December 14, but the Confederates were outnumbered and withdrew north of the Neuse River in the direction of Goldsborough. Foster continued his movement the next day, taking the River Road, south of the Neuse River.[2]


Coordinates: 35°14′39″N 77°35′05″W / 35.2441°N 77.5847°W / 35.2441; -77.5847