Marker remembers Battle of Wyse Fork, 350 Civil War soldiers

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LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - People from across the country gathered in Lenoir County to remember the soldiers who fought in the second largest Civil War battle in North Carolina.

To celebrate the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Wyse Fork, a marker with the names of 350 Civil War soldiers was unveiled Saturday along N.C. 70 near the Lenoir County, Jones County line.

"You are all standing here, and the shadow of the men that fought here are here with you as well," Local Civil War Historian Dennis Harper said.

One of the soldiers who fought in that battle was musician Thomas C. Dula, better known as Tom Dooley, a North Carolina legend and the namesake of a folk song.

"Yesterday we took a tour of this field over here and stood on the very ground where Tom and his brother were captured and I got goose bumps," Author Charlotte Corbin Barnes said.

Most of the names on the marker commemorate confederate soldiers, but the name Henry Harrison Staubus comes from the other side of the battlefield.

This soldier's great grandson, Alfred Staubus came all the way from Colombus, Ohio to walk the field where his ancestor fought.

"A very emotional feeling to be able to go in the footsteps of my ancestor," Staubus said.

Many of the people at Saturday's ceremony had personal ties to the men who fought in the Battle of Wyse Fork and say this Civil War history needs to continue to be celebrated

The Historical Preservation Group in Lenoir County is already starting to collect money to build other monuments, dedicated to Union troops who fought in the Battle of Wyse Fork.