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Kinston Free Press (Newspaper) - December 13, 2012, Kinston, North Carolina The free press / thursday december 13,2012 5 localize Chi War comes id Eastern North Carolin Union confederates clash at Kinst Onby or Lonnie blizzard special to the free press on the morning of dec. 13,1862, Union Gen. John g. Fosters troops encountered confederates along the Wilmington Road near Woodington. Foster ordered his units into Battlefield formations about three quarters of a mile from the Creek. The following is taken from Fosters official report a on saturday the 13th a we reached Southwest Creek the Bridge Over which was destroyed and the enemy posted on the opposite Bank some 400 Strong with three pieces of artillery. The Creek was not Fordable and ran at the foot of a deep Ravine making a very bad position for us. I ordered a Battery in As Good a position As could be obtained and under fire the ninth new Jersey which had the Advance pushed gallantly across the Creek by swimming by fragments of the Bridge a look of history local historian or. Lonnie blizzard has written a series of stories about the first Battle of Kinston which took place dec. 13-14, 1862 those stories will appear today through saturday in the free press. There Are also two opportunities for you to interact with history first Battle of Kinston powerpoint presentation when 3 . Thursday where Kinston Lenoir county visitors and information Center 101 e. New Bern Road first Battle of Kinston bus tour when 1 . Friday where visitors Center Contact Call 252-522-0004 by wednesday for reservations Zach Frailey / the free press local historian or. Lonnie blizzard Points to where the Confederate line was dug in across Southwest Creek outside of Kinston during the first Battle of Kinston. From this Point the Union forces crossed the swamp and Creek in an attempt to get behind the Confederate line. And by a Mill dam and formed on the opposite Bank. At the same time the eighty fifth Pennsylvania of general Wessells brigade forced a passage by the Felling of Trees and fording about half a mile below Bridge and engaged the enemy a left who thereupon retired and deserted the the destroyed Bridge referred to in Fosters report was just upstream from the present Day Bridge. About 4,000 feet of the earthworks on the North Side of the Creek Are still Well defined. About 600 feet were destroyed by a Bulldozer in 2002. The Mill dam is still in place with the Mill House pilings clearly visible. It is about one fourth mile upstream from the Bridge. The following is taken from Confederate Gen. Nathan Evans official report a on saturday the 13th instant the ene my approached Kinston in considerable Force and attacked the line of our forces under the immediate command of col. James d. Rad Cliffe. North Carolina troops who had taken position on the West Side of Southwest Creek. At 10 of clock i arrived on the ground and assumed command and ordered colonel Radcliffe to take command of the left Wing at the crossing of the upper Trent Road. The enemy then was attacked at Hines Mill while he attempted to Cross the Creek. After a Sharp engagement of an hour i fell Back toward the Neuse River keeping line of Battle and arresting his approach about 2 Miles from Kinston Bridge. He then attacked in considerable Force but retired after an engagement of ten hours. I rested on my arms that night in this position the enemy ceasing fire after Hines Mill referred to in Evans report was sold to Waller Brothers around 1900 and became known As Waller Mill. It is estimated that 2.000 Union troops crossed Southwest Creek on dec. 13, 1862. The remaining 10.000 made Camp for the night on the South Side of the Creek. One Massachusetts Soldier wrote that they spent the night in a pleasant Grove around a Little Church called Woodington actually it was the Woodington meeting House built in 1829. It was used for Community meetings and by several denominations for periodic Church services. It has been moved from its original site and is now being used As a storage building on the Rigsbee farm in the Woodington choose How Happy you want to be this Christmas season have you made up your mind to be Happy this Christmas there Are certainly Many things to be Happy about right Here in our part of the world. You might want to Check out the Many Christmas productions going on at practically All the churches in our area a Baptist Southern first Baptist free will Etc Christian methodist disciples of Christ non denominational. Catholic pentecostal episcopal Tanglewood Church of god holiness and Many others. They have presentations going on such As the Christmas musical a silent night holy night a being presented sunday evening at Faith Fellowship Church with a marvelous chair under the excellent direction of or. Alan Armstrong. We have All of this Reece Gardner As i see it and so much More to enjoy this Christmas a parades family gatherings meetings with friends seeing the Happy smiles on the faces of children exchanging presents. And the list goes on and on. But even with All of that whether and to the extent we Are Happy or not is largely up to us. We can be helped in that direction by following the advice of such positive thinkers As of Man Dino. Dale Carnegie Norman Vincent Peale and others who advise us to a laugh at the that is Good advice. Of All living creatures Only human beings can laugh. Trees can bleed when they re wounded just As we can and beasts of the wild can cry out in pain and hunger just As we can. But Only human beings have the gift of laughter and its ours to use whenever we choose. I try to cultivate the habit of laughter. Ill smile and my digestion will improve ill chuckle and my burdens will be lightened ill laugh and my life will be lengthened. That a the secret of a Long and joyous life and now its mine. Ill laugh at the world. There Are four words i have trained myself to say a and they Are not new words. In fact they be been passed Down through the Ages and yet they carry me through every adversity and maintain my life in balance. These four words Are a this too shall ill legendary Tacc-9 personality Reece Gardner writes a biweekly column for the free press. It typically appears in this space every other wednesday the guest column will appear Here on the other wednesdays. To write a guest column please Contact managing editor Bryan flanks at 252-559-1074 or at . Jon Dawson s column will return next week. Laugh at the world. And All worldly things shall indeed pass. When in a heavy with heartache a and All of us Are at times a i can quickly Tell myself a this too shall when in a strangled in poverty or burdened with wealth or whatever my situation might be on any Given Day i can accurately and unhesitatingly Tell myself a this too shall ill laugh at the world. And i wont wait until tomorrow to laugh nor will i fret about whether i was Happy enough yesterday. Yesterday is gone folks and All the great minds in this world working together can to bring Back one second of it. It is gone it is irretrievable it Isnit coming Back. The one Benefit you and i can derive from yesterday is to recognize the importance of living today this Day each Day in a Way so that when the Day is gone we can look Back on it without regret. To quote Tillman King a if i knew it would be the last time that id see you fall asleep. Id hold you very close and Pray the lord your soul to keep. If i knew it would be the last time that id see you walk out the door. Id give you a special hug and say t love you just once More. So in Case tomorrow never comes and today is All i get. Ill say How much you mean to me and your love i wont so hold your loved ones close today and Tell them that you care. Tell them you love them and always want them near. Take time to say a a in a sorry a a please forgive me a a thank you a or a a it a then if tomorrow never comes there la be no regrets today. Three things we can to recover a Stone once its been thrown a word once its been said and time after its gone. Merry Christmas Reece Gardner is the Host of Quot the Reece Gardner hour Quot which airs on Tacc-9 on mondays at 9 ., tuesdays at 8 ., thursdays at 11 ., sundays at 10 30 . And on demand anytime at You can reach Reece at

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