In the waning days of the Civil War, the Battle of Bentonville was the last full-scale battle where Confederate troops mounted a tactical offensive against Union troops. More than 4,000 men were killed or wounded during the battle, which took place March 19-21, 1865, in Johnston County. The Battle of Bentonville temporarily stopped Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s destructive march through the Carolinas. Check out the visitor’s center to see battle exhibits and watch an audiovisual program, then tour the home of John and Amy Harper, which served as a field hospital. You can also follow a trail leading to a section of Union trenches. Highway historical markers highlight events of the battle.
Courtesy N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources