Thursday, November 30, 2006

1862 Goldsboro Battlefield being preserved

It is great to see another battlefield being preserved. The Goldsboro Bridge Battlefield is joining the ranks of Bentonville, Averysboro, the Bennett Place, Fort Fisher, Fort Macon, Fort Branch, and a few other sites across the state.

You can read the article from today’s Goldsboro News-Argus. I was in the area recently, and I find the events exciting. The original battle was fought on December 17, 1862, and pitted Brig. Gen. John G. Foster (US) against Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Clingman. Foster set out to destroy the Goldsboro bridge and hamper Confederate supply logistics. While the Confederates were able to delay Foster, the bridge was eventually destroyed. Casualties are estimated at 220.

4 comments:

Randy Sauls said...

Michael:

I just found out about your site via Wittenberg's. I'll add you to my daily reading list. I am the founder of the Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield Association here in Goldsboro. We are developing the battlefield and will be having a dedication/grand opening ceremony on Sunday, December 17, the 144th anniversary of the battle. You are invited to come out and join us. Our battlefield is a work in progress but we do have four historical markers, a snake-rail fenced parking area and walking trails which lead back to the railroad bridge and earthworks. If you get the chance, come on by. Look forward to your blog.

Randy Sauls

Drew W. said...

Congratulations Randy! Great work. Too bad I am 3000 miles away.

Randy Sauls said...

Thanks Drew. This is the result of 10 years of dreaming and planning, and a year of hard work, but it's worth it. We've got 32 acres with the possibility to pick up more. 3,000 miles? Now if you took the "red-eye" and...Oh well, guess that's not do-able. But if you're ever in the area, please look me up and we'll do a little battlefield stomping! Randy

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