Reminder / by Dave Hileman

One of my grandfathers fought with the 103rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. This tiny plaque is placed near the Confederate line in KInston, NC, about the location of the primary Confederate batteries. He was wounded by those barrages when a shell exploded in a tree over his head and a branch “fell and crushed his arm” (103rd Regimental History). He was taken to New Bern and after recovery sent on to Plymouth, NC, where he was captured and sent to Andersonville Prison. He survived and returned home to Western Pennsylvania.

Not much of the battle here is preserved, a replica church and a few earthernworks and a smattering of historical signs are about all you can find. And this small, deteriorating sign in a weedy field that likely means little to most people.