“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Take a tour of the Roadside Exhibits erected on the Battle of Bentonville.
Marker on the Bentonville Battlefield image, Touch for more information
By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2010
Marker on the Bentonville Battlefield
1North Carolina (Johnston County), Four Oaks — Bentonville Battlefield Driving Tour
In the forests and fields around the North Carolina village of Bentonville, the armies of Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and Union Gen. William T. Sherman fought their last major engagement of the Civil War on March 19-21, 1865. Sherman was . . . Map (db m160709) HM
2North Carolina (Johnston County), Four Oaks — Honoring the Dead of the Battle of Bentonville
Time may teach us to forgive, but it can never make us forget.”     - Confederate Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton, memorial address at Bentonville, March 20, 1895. By the evening of March 22, 1865 both the Union and Confederate armies . . . Map (db m34407) HM
3North Carolina (Johnston County), Newton Grove — Michigan Engineers Original Field Works
The depression in front of you is the remnant of trenches dug by the 1st Regiment Michigan Engineers and Mechanics. In addition to field works such as trenches, the members of the regiment built bridges, warehouses, and blockhouses. Perhaps most . . . Map (db m34345) HM
4North Carolina (Johnston County), Newton Grove — Naval Stores
God Bless the Tar Heel Boys   -   Quote attributed to Gen. R. E. Lee in R. B. Creecy’s Grandfather Tales of North Carolina History, 1901. Many people know that North Carolina is nicknamed the “Tar Heel State,” but not . . . Map (db m34347) HM
5North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — Confederate High Tide
You are standing at the Morris farm, where part of the Union XX Corps arrived late in the afternoon on March 19,1865, to stop the main Confederate assault, which had crushed Carlin’s division of the XIV Corps at the Cole plantation. In the morning . . . Map (db m5847) HM
6North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — Union Artillery at the Morris Farm
A point approximately 400 yards in front of you marks the center of a line of Union cannons positioned on the Morris Farm on March 19, 1865. These massed guns played a significant role in blunting the final Confederate attacks on the first day of . . . Map (db m5851) HM
7North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — Fighting at the Cole Plantation: The “Battle of Acorn Run”
You are looking north of the Goldsboro Road at the site of the former William Cole plantation. Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton chose this ground (a mixture of dense vegetation and open fields) as an ideal location for Confederate forces to block the advance . . . Map (db m131825) HM
8North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — Confederate Line Crossing the Goldsboro Road
Directly in front and to your left, Confederate Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hoke’s division, on loan from the Army of Northern Virginia, blocked the old Goldsboro Road (now Harper House Road) to deflect the oncoming Union advance. The division was a mixed . . . Map (db m5882) HM
9North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — Fighting South of the Goldsboro Road: The “Bull Pen”
You are looking south of the Goldsboro Road at the area where Union Brig. Gen. James D. Morgan’s division began a defensive position facing Gen. Robert F. Hoke’s division after being deflected by the main Confederate line. These battle-hardened . . . Map (db m5881) HM
10North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — Confederate North Carolina Junior Reserve Line
In front of you is where the North Carolina Junior Reserves stood as the Army of Tennessee made its last grand charge against Carlin’s division at the Cole plantation on March 19, 1865. Three regiments and one battalion of Junior Reserves were . . . Map (db m5845) HM
11North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — Mower’s Charge Reaches Johnston’s Headquarters
In the field in front of you skirmishers from the 64th Illinois, armed with Henry repeating rifles, overran Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s headquarters, forcing the general and his staff to flee on foot toward Bentonville (to your left). Maj. Gen. Joseph . . . Map (db m162184) HM
12North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — Hardee’s Counterattack
To your front and left, Confederate forces counterattacked Union forces under Maj. Gen. Joseph Mower on three sides. Leading a counterattack to protect the vital Mill Creek bridge – the only avenue of retreat for Johnston’s army – Gen. . . . Map (db m5873) HM
13North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — Village of Bentonville
You are looking at the village of Bentonville. This small hamlet bore the name of the largest battle ever fought in North Carolina. Named after local resident John Benton, the hamlet had a post office as early as 1849. In the 1860s Bentonville was a . . . Map (db m5877) HM
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