Battle of Goldsboro Bridge

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Battle of Goldsborough Bridge
Part of the American Civil War
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Battle of Goldsborough
DateDecember 17, 1862 (1862-12-17)
Result Union victory
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Commanders and leaders
John G. Foster Thomas L. Clingman
Units involved
Department of North Carolina, 1st Division Clingman's Brigade
Casualties and losses

The Battle of Goldsborough Bridge took place on December 17, 1862, in Wayne County, North Carolina, as part of the Union expedition to Goldsboro, North Carolina, during the American Civil War.[1]


In December 1862, both the Union Army and Confederate forces desired to secure the strategically significant Wilmington and Weldon Railroad Bridge. On December 17, an expedition under Union Maj. Gen. John G. Foster reached the railroad near Everettsville, aiming to destroy this bridge in order to put an end to the vital supply chain from the port of Wilmington.


Map of Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield core and study areas by the American Battlefield Protection Program.

Foster's men began destroying the tracks north toward the Goldsborough Bridge. Clingman's Confederate brigade delayed the advance, but was unable to prevent the destruction of the bridge. Foster's troops overpowered the small number of defending Confederate soldiers and successfully burned down the bridge. His mission accomplished, Foster departed to return to their base at New Bern.[1] On their way back, Foster's men were again attacked by Confederate forces, but they repulsed the assault, taking far fewer casualties than the enemy.


Foster arrived at his camp on December 20. Total casualties for the campaign (All three engagements at Kinston, White Hall, and Goldsboro) were: Federal 577 (90 killed, 478 wounded and 9 missing/captured) Confederate casualties were reported at 738 (71 killed, 268 wounded and 400 missing/captured)


  1. ^ a b "Battle Summary". National Park Service. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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Coordinates: 35°20′23″N 78°01′44″W / 35.3396°N 78.0288°W / 35.3396; -78.0288