A Union expedition led by Brigadier General John G. Foster left New Berne in December to disrupt the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad at Goldsborough.
The advance was stubbornly contested by Evans's Brigade near Kinston Bridge on December 14, but the Confederates were outnumbered and withdrew north of the Neuse River in the direction of Goldsborough.
Foster continued his movement the next day, taking the River Road, south of the Neuse River.
Result(s): Union victory
Location: Lenoir County
Campaign: Goldsborough Expedition (December 1862) next battle in campaign
Date(s): December 14, 1862
Principal Commanders: Brigadier General John G. Foster [US]; Brigadier General Nathan Evans [CS]
Forces Engaged: Department of North Carolina, 1st Division [US]; Evans's Brigade [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 685 total