A Boy Scout on a mission lead the efforts to complete an addition at the New Bern Civil War Battlefield. The Park recently acquired a raised platform overlooking a key area of the battlegrounds thanks to the efforts of a New Bern Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout project.
Kortlyn Templin of New Bern Troop 132 organized a group of fellow scouts and several adults to work together to construct a ten foot by ten foot raised wooden platform overlooking an area that was hotly contested during the Civil War battle in March 1862. Kortlyn first had the group emplace supports for the platform and once set, he was able to finish construction using materials purchased by the New Bern Historical Society. The platform will provide battlefield visitors a better view of the swamp that Union soldiers had to wade through to achieve their objective. You can find it by following the marked trails at the Battlefield Park.
The New Bern Battlefield Park is located about five miles south of New Bern, just off Highway 70 East at the entry point to the Taberna development. This unique portion of the Civil War Battle of New Bern site is preserved in its original, natural state.
The battlefield is open to the public and features a self-guided tour through the area on carefully placed paths. Visitors are able to visit six of ten well-preserved earthen redans. The battlefield’s approximately 31 acres are a federally-designated site of historical significance. Private tours conducted by the guides are available by contacting the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558. School groups and other organizations are welcome.
Submitted by: Kathy Morrison, New Bern Historical Society