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BCWRT Tour of Bentonville Battlefield

Date: 
Oct 26 2019 - 8:15am - 7:00pm

The Brunswick Civil War Round Table recently sponsored a trip to the site of the largest Civil War battle in the Carolinas - Bentonville Battlefield, where the South's last major offensive of the war took place.

Fifteen attendees, led by BCWRT Advisor and retired Army Ranger Colonel Wade Sokolosky ( THE expert on this battle), toured the very extensive area where in March 1865 Confederate General Joe Johnston's tired and outnumbered forces attacked Sherman's left flank, in fighting that lasted for 3 days.  In excess of 4,000 casualties and an ultimate Confederate defeat resulted from this last-ditch effort to halt Sherman's march north. 

This is an increasingly well-preserved site, including the farmhouse used as a hospital for Union wounded, the last trenches dug by the Confederate Army of Tennessee and many cotton fields that add to the historical flavor of the area.  On March 20-21, 2020 a reenactment at Bentonville Battlefield will mark the 155th anniversary of this conflict.  Then, or any Tuesday-Saturday, 9 AM-5 PM (excluding major holidays) the visitor center and battlefield are open.  It is located several miles northeast of the intersection of I-40 and I-95 and well worth a visit during your travels.  Check it out at www.nchistoricsites.org/bentonvi/.  

 

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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