Visitors to the Civil War Battlefield Park can literally walk in the footsteps of young Confederate and Union soldiers who fought in the mist and rain five miles east of New Bern on what is now US 70 East. Park grounds where nearly one third of the Battle of New Bern took place are in near pristine condition. That battle, lost to Union forces March 4, 1862, saved the city for history, her rich heritage of grand homes and buildings undamaged by war. The New Bern Historical Society received the core acres of the battlefield from the Civil War Preservation Trust completing the North Carolina Civil War Trail system from Bentonville through Goldsboro and Kinston ending in Fort Macon and Fort Fisher. Aside from the visitors' center and walking trails the land remains unmarked by development or agriculture. The “redans” or trenches remain, as they were more than a century and a half ago. No other battle site in America is so untouched since its battle day. Visitors should be aware of uneven terrain and possible mud areas, dressing appropriately (hiking shoes, long pants, long sleeves). The park center and trails are open to the public year round. For tours of the battlefield at $5 per person, with a trained battlefield guide, call the Historical Society for advance reservation.
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