The Union Artillery

The Union Artillery (HM1C3G)

Location: Kinston, NC 28504 Lenoir County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 14.45', W 77° 35.25'

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Harriet's Chapel Battlefield Park

— Battle of Kinston Military Park —

Twenty-four guns of the 3rd New York Artillery supported Gen. Wessells' infantry as they advanced through the swamp toward the Confederate line. The overwhelming firepower of Union infantry and artillery eventually forced the Confederates to abandon the line and fall back to Jones Bridge.

When Wessells gave the order to attack, two guns of Battery B came forward and opened fire. The battery's remaining four guns soon joined them, all firing at the Confederate line near Harriet's Chapel.

Col. James H. Ledie, chief of the Union artillery, then brought batteries E, F and I—eighteen guns—into action, Lt. H.F. Scaife wrote: "?the battery we were supporting was ripping up the woods in fine style—at every discharge cracking off pine trees as it they had been pipe stems."

As the battle progressed, Col. Ledie moved Battery F to the extreme right of the Union line in support of infantry near the Confederate earthworks. A South Carolina officer described the Union assault: "Already the firing in the front was incessant, and balls and shells from the Federal guns were falling about the bridge." The Confederates abandoned their position.

(upper left) Guidon attributed to the 3rd Light Artillery, New York Volunteers
(upper right) Lt. Manning Livingston, Battery F, 3rd New York Artillery
HM NumberHM1C3G
Placed ByBattle of Kinston Military Park
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 7:29pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264553 N 3902819
Decimal Degrees35.24083333, -77.58750000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 14.45', W 77° 35.25'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 14' 27.00" N, 77° 35' 15.00" 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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