Confederate Headquarters

Confederate Headquarters (HMFQ5)

Location: Kinston, NC 28501 Lenoir County
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N 35° 14.038', W 77° 33.137'

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Bragg's Command Post

At this location was the site of the Howard House, used as Confederate Headquarters during the Battle of Wyse Fork, March 8-10, 1865. General Braxton Bragg commanded the Confederate Army that was composed of the forces of Major General D.H. Hill and Major General Robert F. Hoke.

This house was used to plan the battle that resulted in probably what was the last major Confederate tactical victory of the war, when Hoke's forces surprised and captured, killed or wounded most (900+0 of Union Brigade Commander Colonel Charles L. Upham's force. Upham's brigade was composed of the 15th Connecticut and the 27th Massachusetts infantry regiments and a section of Battery D, 3rd New York Artillery. This was the last mass capture of Union troops by Confederates in the war.

It is documented that the planning was conducted at "the front of the little white house" when on the night of March 7, 1865, Generals Bragg, Hill and Hoke planned the final strategy to stop the Union advance of Major General Jacob D. Cox's corps. Cox's force was the lead corps of General John M. Schofield's army, which was moving from his base at New Bern towards Goldsboro. Schofield was to unite with General William T. Sherman's army, also advancing towards Goldsboro, which is approximately 30 miles west.

The Howard house, pictured left, was fronted by the Dover Road near its juncture with the Neuse Road. The Dover Road, approximately 100 feet south at this point, was the principal road connecting Kinston and New Bern. It was ideally suited for its purpose as it was situated behind Southwest Creek, which was the main Confederate defensive line and it was also protected by artillery placed near Jackson's Mill. The house was demolished in the 1960s.

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The entire eastern line of defense for mid-Eastern NC was erected along the west bank of Southwest Creek. These substantial fortifications ran from the Neuse River to Jackson's millpond on the Dover Road (present Highway 70) and were erected to protect the approaches to Kinston and the interior of North Carolina from attacks launched from the Union base at New Bern. These works covered several main routes of approach to Kinston that could be used by the Federals, namely the Neuse Road, the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad and the Dover Road.
HM NumberHMFQ5
Series This marker is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails series, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series.
Placed ByNorth Carolina Civil War Trails, the C.S.S. Ram Neuse Camp #1427, Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Lenoir County Battlefields Commission, Kinston/Southwest Creek/Wyse Fork
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 6:19pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 267738 N 3901975
Decimal Degrees35.23396667, -77.55228333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 14.038', W 77° 33.137'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 14' 2.28" N, 77° 33' 8.22" W
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Area Code(s)252
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1448 Hwy 70, Kinston NC 28501, US
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