Bentonville in Johnston County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The eighth Texas cavalry was engaged with the left wing of Sherman’s Union army on the eve of the Battle of Bentonville. During the battle on March 21, the eighth Texas again performed valuable service in the Confederate attack on Union General Mower’s Division of the Seventeenth Army Corps. Lieutenant-General William J. Hardee commanding a corps in the battle, ordered about 80 men of the eighth Texas commanded by Captain “Doc” Matthews, a mere boy, to oppose Mower’s advance the Texans attacked in conjunction with other cavalry commanded by General Wheeler and Lieutenant-General Wade Hampton and Cumming’s Georgia Brigade. Young “Willie” Hardee, General Hardee’s only son, charged with the eighth Texas and was killed. Under heavy Confederate pressure, Mower soon withdrew his division to its original position. During the Confederate retreat from Bentonville the eighth and eleventh Texas cavalry played a prominent role.
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In opposing the Union pursuit from Mill Creek Bridge until the pursuers withdrew at Hannah’s Creek, the Texans were surrendered with the remnants of the Army of Tennessee at Greensboro, North Carolina
Texas units at Bentonville
6th 7th 10th and 15th Texas Infantry
17th 18th 24th and 25th Dismounted
Cavalry 8th 11th Texas Cavalry
A memorial to Texans
who served the Confederacy
Erected by the State of Texas 1964
Erected 1964 by State of Texas.
Location. 35° 18.138′ N, 78° 19.234′ W. Marker is in Bentonville, North Carolina, in Johnston County. Marker is on Harper House Road (County Route 1008), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Texas monument is located near the Bentonville Battlefield Visitors Center. Marker is in this post office area: Four Oaks NC 27524, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North Carolina Monument (a few steps from this marker); Honoring the Dead of the Battle of Bentonville (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Dead Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); North Carolinians at the Battle of Bentonville (within shouting distance of this marker); Bentonville Battlefield Driving Tour (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Headquarters (about 500 feet away); Bentonville Battlefield (about 600 feet away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. One of a set of Texas Civil War Memorials
Also see . . . Bentonville Battlefield. North Carolina Historic Sites website.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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