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Bentonville, North Carolina Historical Markers

 
Battle of Bentonville marker and Harper House image, Touch for more information
By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2006
Battle of Bentonville marker and Harper House
North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — Battle of Bentonville“In suffering condition” — Carolinas Campaign
(Preface):The Carolinas Campaign began on February 1, 1865, when Union Gen. William T. Sherman led his army north from Savannah, Georgia, after the “March to the Sea.” Sherman's objective was to join Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in . . . — Map (db m3738) HM
North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — H 1 — Battle of Bentonville
Johnston's Confederates checked Sherman's Union army, March 19-21, 1865. Historic site 2½ Mi. E. — Map (db m5855) HM
North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — Bentonville
This memorial marks the battlefield of Bentonville where, on March 19-21, 1865, General Joseph E. Johnston, with about 15,000 Confederate troops, principally from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi, checked . . . — Map (db m5843) HM
North 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
North 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
North 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
North 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
North 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
North 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
North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — HHH-24 — Johnston’s Headquarters
Established here on the night of March 18, 1865 and remained during the battle. Mower’s Division came within 200 yards of this point in the Union assault of March 21. — Map (db m14427) HM
North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — Merging of the ArmiesSherman’s Right Wing Arrives — Carolinas Campaign
(Preface):The Carolinas Campaign began on February 1, 1865, when Union Gen. William T. Sherman led his army north from Savannah, Georgia, after the “March to the Sea.” Sherman's objective was to join Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in . . . — Map (db m5844) HM
North 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 m5865) HM
North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — North Carolina Monument
In memory of the North Carolina soldiers who fought and died so courageously and the civilians who suffered so grievously during the Battle of Bentonville. March 19-21, 1865. [ Back of Monument: ]Sleep, soldier, sleep, in thy rough earthen . . . — Map (db m6067) HM
North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — HHH-1 — Sherman
Gen. Wm. T. Sherman camped in this area with his Left Wing on the night of March 18, 1865. The following morning, the Left Wing continued east along this road, meeting Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s Confederates in the Battle of Bentonville, 2 miles . . . — Map (db m14430) HM
North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — Texas
(Front Inscription):Texasremembers the valor and devotion of her sons who served at Bentonville March 19-21, 1865 The eighth Texas cavalry was engaged with the left wing of Sherman’s Union army on the eve of the Battle of Bentonville. . . . — Map (db m6066) HM
North 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
North 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
North Carolina (Johnston County), Bentonville — Village of BentonvilleWounded and Abandoned — Carolinas Campaign
(Preface):The Carolinas Campaign began on February 1, 1865, when Union Gen. William T. Sherman led his army north from Savannah, Georgia, after the “March to the Sea.” Sherman's objective was to join Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in . . . — Map (db m14677) HM

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