Civil War marker installed at Lenoir County battleground site

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LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - You may have passed by the site of the second largest Civil War battle in the state without even knowing.

On Thursday, a new historical marker was placed at the site to commemorate that significant part of Eastern Carolina history.

Crews were installing the marker on Highway 70 in Lenoir County where the Battle of Wyse Fork took place between Union and Confederate troops.

This new marker sits under a nearby gas station and lists the names of the Confederate soldiers, members of Kirkland's Brigade who died in that battle.

Dennis Harper grew up in a house on the battlefield and has been collecting artifacts for more than 50 years.

He says he thinks it's important to remember these events in American History and says it only took him three weeks to raise the money to have this marker built.

"You got to remember history so that you don't repeat the same things you did in the past," he says. "We don't want to have another Civil War and many many people die."

Harper hopes to build more of these monuments in the future.

He wants to dedicate those to Union troops who died in the battle.

A dedication ceremony for this monument will be held on March 10, the 153rd anniversary of the battle.