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Where was the Civil War activity in Halyburton Park?

Ben Steelman
StarNews

Two brigades of U.S. Colored Troops were entrenched on the north end of modern Halyburton Park during the Battle of Forks Road, Feb. 20-21, 1865 — the Confederate “last stand” before the fall of Wilmington.

According to Chris Fonvielle, associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, breastworks from the black soldiers’ lines were still there until the mid-1980s when they fell victim to development.

Some other Union regiments were encamped along the south of the park, according to Fonvielle, the author of “The Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope.”

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