Bentonville in Johnston County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Union Artillery at the Morris Farm
“The Rebs…undertook to carry a new line I established, in the angle of which I left a marshy interval commanded at canister distance by twelve pieces of [XX Corps] artillery….They were terribly punished….They left lots of dead officers and men, especially when the canister swept them on the left front.”
Bvt. Gen. Alpheus S. Williams, commanding XX Corps.
“The enemy’s…artillery…concealed in the woods was very deadly….About half of our regiments….had come out into the open, in a field where these was nothing to conceal or protect them….Our men fell rapidly….under what seemed a tremendous concentrated firing upon us.”
Pvt. Robert W. Sanders, 2nd South Carolina Artillery (fighting infantry, Elliot’s Brigade)
“The five batteries were opened at a distance less than seven hundred yards, throwing canister and spherical case into the wavering mass of rebels, the discharges being as rapid for a time as the ticks of a lever watch. Smoke settled down over the guns as it grew dark…and the flashes seen through it seemed like a steady, burning fire, and powder and peach blossoms perfumed the air….Captain Winegar…who ‘drew a good bow’ at Gettysburg and Chancellorsville, says ne never witnessed such artillery fire.”
E.D. Westfall, New York Herald correspondent present with the Union XX Corps during the battle for the Morris farm.
“[The artillery was] so loud that we had to yell to make our nearest neighbors understand us…while the ground trembled under our feet.”
William Grunert, Illinois soldier in Case’s brigade.
Erected 2005 by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Location. 35° 18.502′ N, 78° 18.565′ 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. Touch for map. 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. Confederate Attacks (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate High Tide (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Artillery (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Main Charge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Headquarters (approx. 0.3 miles away); General Joseph Eggleston Johnston (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Bentonville: March 19-21, 1865 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston (approx. 0.6 miles away).
More about this marker. The top section of the marker contains two photographs from the National Archives of Civil War artillery, with the caption “The Federal artillery units at Bentonville looked similar to those in these two images.” The bottom section of the marker contains a battle map, an illustration of a Canister and spherical case shot.
Related markers. list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the Roadside Exhibits erected on the Battle of Bentonville for the 140th anniversary of the battle, on March 14, 2005.
Also see . . . Bentonville Battlefield. North Carolina Historic Sites website. (Submitted on March 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,766 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 2. submitted on August 13, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3, 4. submitted on March 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5. submitted on January 20, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.