New Bern Battlefield Park
Site of the 1862 Civil War Battle of New Bern
The New Bern Battlefield Park is located at 300 Battlefield Trail, 5 miles outside of the city, at the entrance to Taberna. The New Bern Historical Society received the core 24.65 acres of the battlefield from the Civil War Preservation Trust, and additional acreage adjacent to that site was later acquired. Today the Battlefield Park includes over 30 acres of the original battlefield. With the help of a grant from the Craven County Tourism Development Authority, this site was awarded recognition by the National Register of Historic Places. On March 10, 2007 an 11.5-ton granite and bronze monument, donated by the 26th North Carolina Regiment Reactivated, was dedicated on the battlefield site to the memory of the men of the 26th North Carolina Regiment who fought and died during the battle.
On January 11th, 2009, the battlefield visitor center was dedicated by renowned Civil War historian Ed Bearss. In 2014, it was rededicated and named the Richard K. and Linda C. Lore Visitor Center. The Battlefield Park will serve an important role in preserving New Bern’s rich heritage and completes the North Carolina Civil War Trail system from Bentonville through Goldsboro and Kinston ending in Fort Macon and Fort Fisher.
The ground where nearly one third of the Battle of New Bern occurred is in near pristine condition. Unmarked by development or agriculture, the “redans” or trenches remain, as they were a century and a half ago. You can literally walk in the footsteps of young Confederate and Union soldiers who were here on that fateful day: March 14, 1862.
Directions to the New Bern Battlefield Park, 300 Battlefield Trail:
US Highway 70 East. Turn on Taberna Way. (from Havelock, turn left; from New Bern, turn right.) Go over railroad tracks. Turn left on Battlefield Trail, which leads you directly into the Battlefield.
The battlefield is open to the public during daylight hours, throughout the year.
Guided Tour Information
Guided tours of the battlefield for $5 per person, given by a trained battlefield guide, can be arranged by advance reservation by contacting the New Bern Historical Society
PURCHASE THE BATTLE OF NEW BERN AND RELATED SITES IN CRAVEN COUNTY, NC, 1861-1865
Go to the bookstore to purchase.
Also, check out Civil War Adventure Day , a children’s event, held each Spring!