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Bentonville - Then and Now

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Bentonville - Then and Now
Bentonville - Then and Now

The American Battlefield Trust’s map of land preserved at the Battle of Bentonville

General William T. Sherman began 1865 with a bold plan to march his Union armies through the heart of the Carolinas and link up with Federal forces in Virginia. Setting out from Savannah in January, Sherman’s men crossed into North Carolina in early March, living off the land as they went. Finding the two wings of the Yankee force divided, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and a makeshift force struck a portion of Sherman’s army on March 19. The Federals rallied, however, and over the course of the next two days, reunited and repulsed “the last grand charge of the Army of Tennessee.”

Prior to 1987, only a small portion of the Bentonville battlefield had been preserved--mostly around on the first day’s battlefield near the Harper House. The American Battlefield Trust and it’s allies have not only added to the land around the Harper House, but have preserved large portions of the second and third days’ battlefields. Today, 1,629 acres have been preserved at Bentonville.

Learn More: Battle of Bentonville


Help Save Four Battlefields

Join the opportunity to inaugurate The Lighthizer Legacy Fund by preserving 338 acres of Civil War hallowed ground, including critical land at Shepherdstown, a key battle of the Maryland Campaign, together with acres at Chattanooga, White Oak Road, and Bentonville.