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BCWRT Tour of Bentonville Battlefield

Date: 
Oct 26 2019 - 8:15am - 7:00pm

March 1865:  The Union has captured Fort Fischer and Wilmington and on March 3rd Lincoln is inaugurated for his second term.  In Virginia, Grant has Lee in a desperate situation while Sherman's seemingly unstoppable army marches speedily north, devastating Columbia SC and capturing Fayetteville on the way to Goldsboro.  General Joe Johnston's tired and outnumbered forces launch the Confederacy's last major offensive of the Civil War against Sherman's flank at Bentonville NC on March 19th.  After Johnston's initial success, the Union wins a substantial victory in a hard fought 3 day battle resulting in over 4,000 casualties, the largest conflict of Sherman's Carolinas campaign.

Be one of 50 BCWRT members joining our bus tour to the well-preserved Bentonville battlefield, led by retired Colonel Wade Sokolosky, the expert on this battle!  The cost is $50 per person for BCWRT members, $55 for others.  

 Details are:

Our air conditioned luxury bus will leave the parking lot in front of Brunswick Forest in Leland, with Wade on board providing an overview, at 8:15 AM for the 1 1/2 hour trip up I-40 to Bentonville.  There is a "Park and Ride" area for our use in front of the Lowe's food store.

We'll tour numerous sites at the battlefield by bus, with Wade narrating at frequent stops. 

Lunch for all will be provided and is included in the cost.  

To sign up, simply send a check, made out to BCWRT, to John Walsh, 2795 Golfmaster Ct, Southport NC 28461.  Include number of attendees, full name of each, your cell phone number and e-mail address.

We expect this trip, limited to 50 attendees, to sell out early, so mail your check today!  

Any questions?  E-mail or text John at jdwalsh1@gmail.com, 609 651-7719

 

Wyse's Fork Battlefield Trip

Date: 
Mar 9 2019 - 8:00am

On Saturday, March 9, Wade Sokolosky led 45 members of the BCWRT on a tour of the battlefield at Wises Fork.  Wade is certainly the right guide for that tour.  He literally wrote the book on the Battle of Wises Fork.   Seeing the battlefield gives you answers you simply cannot get from books.  How wide was the river they crossed?  How far could the soldiers see ahead of them, behind them?  How high were the earthworks they fought behind?  How thick was the wooded area they marched through?  Only by seeing the ground in person can we answer these questions the next time we read about it.

After a great lunch at Kings BBQ Restaurant, we visited the Neuse II, a replica of the CSS Neuse ironclad.  When you see the vessels size, you wonder how these monsters operated on the rivers.  Despite its size, the cramped interior shrinks further at the specter of the 120 crew complement in the narrow confines. Guns dominate the interior, reminding you this served basically as a floating gun platform.  The smoke, the noise, the poor lighting and the recoiling guns could prove as deadly as the enemys fire.

A short walk brought us to the CSS NEUSE museum to see the real thing.  The remains of the CSS NEUSE, its two floors of artifacts and interpretive panels tell the story of wartime service and its recovery in the 1960s.  The CSS NEUSE is one of only four Civil War ironclads extant. 

We want to thank our members for a fun day.  Spending time and exchanging thoughts with others who share a love of history forms an important part of any group tour.  Thanks to Wade for taking us to the critical points on the battlefield and sharing his expertise.  Finally, thanks, John Walsh.  Johns hard work in organizing ensured a good experience for all.  John is already anticipating fall and a day trip to Bentonville Battlefield.  We hope to see our veteran campaigners and some new faces on that trip. 

Fort Caswell Tour with Jim McKee

Date: 
Apr 5 2016 - 5:00pm

THIRD TOUR OF FORT CASWELL IS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 5, 2016

AT 5 PM, PRIOR TO APRIL BCWRT MEETING.

Despite difficult weather conditions, nearly 100 BCWRT members toured the Civil War section of Fort Caswell, guided by Jim McKee, last Fall.  Their response was overwhelmingly favorable, but due to the weather issues encountered, we have scheduled a third - "make-up" - tour for anyone who was unable to attend the prior tours.

Details:

To sign-up, e-mail John Walsh at jdwalsh1@gmail.com.

Fee is $10 per person - after signing-up, mail check, made out to BCWRT, to John at 2795 Golfmaster Ct Southport 28461. 

IF you paid for the tour last Fall and either couldn't take it or only had a partial tour, there is no charge for this tour.

Limit is 50 people, so sign-up soon!

 

Tour meets at 5 PM at entrance to Hatch Auditorium.

TOUR OF TOWN CREEK AND CHARLES TOWNE

Date: 
Jan 7 2016 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

 Guide: Chris Fonveille

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Fort Caswell Tour with Jim McKee

Date: 
Oct 20 2015 - 5:00pm

Guide: Jim McKee

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2015 BCWRT FIELD TRIP - WILMINGTON , NC

Date: 
Jun 13 2015 - 9:30am - 4:00pm
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2015 BCWRT FIELD TRIP - FT. ANDERSON

Date: 
Jan 8 2015 - 7:30am - 12:00pm

Guides:  Ed Bearss, Paul Shivers, Chris Fonvielle and Jim McKee

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2014 BCWRT FIELD TRIP - BALD HEAD ISLAND

Date: 
Jan 9 2014 - 7:00am - 12:00pm

Guides: Ed Bearss, Chris Fonveille, Jim McKee

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NORTH CAROLINA 1865: A CIVIL WAR SYMPOSIUM

Date: 
Sep 14 2013 - 9:00am - Sep 15 2013 - 9:00am


Speakers:  Robert Dunkerly, Wade Sokolosky, Chris Fonvielle, Eric Wittenberg, Mark Bradley

 

Keynote Speaker: Ed Bearss

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2013 BCWRT FIELD TRIP - PETERSBURG TO APPOMATTOX

Date: 
May 11 2013 - 8:00am - May 12 2013 - 5:00pm

Guide - Will Green

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