||Wilcox’s Bridge, Wise’s Fork, Second Kinston, Second Southwest Creek, Kelly's Mill Pond
||Campaign of the Carolinas (February-April 1865)
||March 7-10, 1865
||Maj. Gen. John Schofield [US]; Gen. Braxton Bragg [CS]
||Divisions: 20,500 total (US 12,000; CS 8,500)
||2,601 total (US 1,101; CS 1,500)
||Schofield planned to advance inland from Wilmington in February, at the same time assigning Maj.
Gen. Jacob Cox to direct Union forces from New Berne toward Goldsboro. On March 7, Cox’s advance was
stopped by Hoke’s and Hagood’s divisions under Gen. Braxton Bragg’s command at Southwest Creek below
Kinston. On the 8th, the Confederates attempted to seize the initiative by attacking the Union flanks. After initial
success, the Confederate attacks stalled because of faulty communications. On March 9, the Union forces were
reinforced and beat back Bragg’s renewed attacks on the 10th after heavy fighting. Bragg withdrew across the
Neuse River and was unable to prevent the fall of Kinston on March 14.