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The historic house is the left. There also is a nearby cabin. The tree I believe was here at the time of the battle.
Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site
Closest available address
5466 Harper House Road Four Oaks, NC 27524
Open Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm
Best time to visit
Summer, Fall, Spring
The Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site is the location of the last major Civil War battle, which took place in March 1865. The historic site was established in 1957. Approximately 2,000 acres of the battlefield are owned by North Carolina or protected through easements. The site has a historic house, small museum, a one mile walking trail and an auto tour.
In the spring of 1865 Union General Sherman marched into North Carolina with 60,000 men after devastating South Carolina. Confederate General Johnston was tasked with stopping him but only had 20,000 men to do so. When Sherman’s forces become separated, Johnston attacked hoping to quickly defeat one part of the Union army before others could help. Johnston’s initial advance was promising, and Union troops were driven back. However, the Northern lines held and were reinforced. Despite heroic attempts, the rebels could not prevail. When a Union reconnaissance nearly captured a vital bridge to his rear, Johnston retreated. Sherman did not pursue.
If you ever visited battlefields as a child with your father or grandfather and have memories of grass fields, marble monuments and solitary cannons, Bentonville will strike a chord. It’s in the country, well preserved, peaceful and somewhat solemn. Although the museum dates from 1965, it was still informative and included a number of Civil War artifacts, such as bullets and rifles. The short overview film also was insightful. A house next to the museum was used as a Union field hospital and can be seen via a guided tour. Some rooms had historic style operating tables and bandages and other rooms had period furniture, but the house was less interesting than the museum. The trail passed well preserved Union earthworks and a few signs; more trails are in the works. There are 24 signs on the auto tour but only the 4 main stops had pull-offs and interpretive signage and only the first 3 of these were worthwhile. More stops are planned for the future. Bentonville has a remote location, but it was interesting enough to merit the drive for those into the Civil War. For a general audience though it will have little appeal.
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Gar the Bold
3/20/2014 10:13:48 PM
Attacking Sherman with 1/3 of the number of men Sherman had during the last weeks of the war indicates dedication or perhaps insanity.
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