Bentonville in Johnston County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Merging of the Armies
Sherman’s Right Wing Arrives
—Carolinas Campaign —
(Main Text):You are standing near the position held by the North Carolina Junior Reserve on March 19, 1865, looking east down Old Goldsboro Road. Behind you and to your right, elements of Confederate Gen. Robert F. Hoke’s division
On March 20, when Gen. William T. Sherman appeared from the east with the Union Right Wing (directly in front of you), The Confederates changed position to meet the new threat. The Junior Reserves fell back to your left and formed a new line parallel to Old Goldsboro Road on Sam Howell Branch. The remainder of Hoke’s division occupied ground to the left of the Junior Reserves, who skirmished with the 14th Michigan and 16th Illinois Infantry. While the Confederate lines were shifting, an action ensued near the Green Flowers House crossroads one-half mile east, with the near capture of Union generals Oliver O. Howard, John A. Logan, and Charles R. Woods thwarted by the arrival of the 100th Indiana Infantry. During the next two days, the Confederate dug in and held firm against constant pressure from Union forces.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 18.975′ N, 78° 17.841′ W. Marker is in Bentonville, North Carolina Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newton Grove NC 28366, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate North Carolina Junior Reserve Line (here, next to this marker); Bentonville (a few steps from this marker); Main Confederate Line (within shouting distance of this marker); N. C. Junior Reserves (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Line Crossing the Goldsboro Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Union Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fighting at the Cole Plantation: The “Battle of Acorn Run” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fighting South of the Goldsboro Road: The “Bull Pen” (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bentonville.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photo of "Gen. Robert F. Hoke
Courtesy U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle, Pa." On the lower right is an engraving “Action on March 20, 1865,” Harpers’s Weekly, April 15, 1865. On the right is an operational level map of the action described in the text.
Also see . . .
1. Bentonville Battlefield (Submitted on March 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Civil War Traveler. North Carolina Civil War Trails. (Submitted on March 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,370 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.