Scharf was wrong, though. Actually the CSS Neuse was still in the Neuse River at its end and the Confederates at Kinstin were under Bragg. The Federals were led by General Jacob D. Cox in 1865 at Kinston.
The General Foster that Scharf mentioned did lead an attack against Kinston in 1862 (and also attacked the Neuse while under construction at Seven Springs, N.C., near Goldsboro). Confederate General Hardee wasn't too far away at the time of the Neuse's destruction. He fought Union General Henry Slocum at the Battle of Averasboro.
North Carolina Sites director Andrew Duppstadt will present "Final Days of the Neuse" presentation at 11 a.m.
Wade Sokolosky will then talk about the Battle of Wyse Fork (Second Battle of Kinston) at 1 p.m..
Historian Dennis Harper will then lead a tour of that battlefield at 2 p.m..
Like I Said Before, I Sure Would Have Liked to Have Been There. --Old B-Runner