About 88 acres of farmland near Kinston where a Civil War battle took place 150 years ago this spring have been protected from development by a local land trust and a national Civil War preservation group.
The N.C. Coastal Land Trust announced Friday that it had purchased a conservation easement on a working farm that contains remnants of earthworks built by Union troops for what became known as the Battle of Wyse Fork. The Civil War Preservation Trust of Washington, D.C., also provided money and negotiated the purchase of the easement, which protects a farm that has been in Donny Taylor’s family for more than a century.
The Battle of Wyse Fork took place in March 1865 as Union troops moved toward Kinston in hopes of eventually capturing Goldsboro. It was the second largest land battle in North Carolina, involving more than 20,000 soldiers and resulting in an estimated 2,600 casualties.
The Coastal Land Trust has helped protect more than 62,000 acres in 22 coastal counties since 1992, but this is the first time it has helped preserve a battlefield.