Union General Schofield planned to advance inland from Wilmington in February, at the same time assigning Major General 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 General 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.
Result(s): Union victory
Other Names: Wilcox's Bridge, Wise's Fork, Second Kinston, Second Southwest Creek, Kelly's Mill Pond
Location: Lenoir County
Campaign: Campaign of the Carolinas (February-April 1865) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): March 7-10, 1865
Principal Commanders: Major General John Schofield [US]; General Braxton Bragg [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions: 20,500 total (US 12,000; CS 8,500)
Estimated Casualties: 2,601 total (US 1,101; CS 1,500)