BCWRT Tour of Bentonville Battlefield

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/.