The Center of the Confederate Line

The Center of the Confederate Line (HM1C3D)

Location: Kinston, NC 28504 Lenoir County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 14.467', W 77° 35.267'

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Harriet's Chapel Battlefield Park

— Battle of Kinston Military Park —

Harriet's Chapel stood in the center of the Confederate line. A heavily wooded wetland stood in front of the line. Behind it was the Neuse River. Three regiments of infantry and two batteries of artillery held this portion of the Confederate line.

The Confederate earthworks stretched from the Neuse River on the east to a deep swamp on the west. This line crossed the Wilmington road (now US 258) which in 1862 made a sharp turn to the west (your right) just south of Harriet's Chapel. The Confederates used a fence row on the north side of the road and the deep swamp to the west to their advantage. From the near ninety-degree bend in the road the line stretched east in front of Harriet's Chapel, bending north to the Neuse River. The church sat at the center of the line.

Gen. Nathan Evans placed the 61st North Carolina Infantry under Col. James D. Radcliffe here—in the center of the line. Starr's Battery—Battery B, 13th North Carolina Artillery—-commanded by Capt. Joseph B. Starr, was also on the line near Harriet's Chapel. Three South Carolina regiments held the eastern end of the Confederate line.

(lower left) Col. James D. Radcliffe
(lower right) Col. Fitz W. McMasters commanded the 17th South Carolina at the eastern end of the Confederate line.
HM NumberHM1C3D
Placed ByBattle of Kinston Military Park
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 3:37pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264528 N 3902852
Decimal Degrees35.24111667, -77.58778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 14.467', W 77° 35.267'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 14' 28.02" N, 77° 35' 16.02" W
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Area Code(s)252
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1422 Richlands Rd, Kinston NC 28504, US
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