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“One of the most deplorable incidents”

On March 21, 1865, one of the last actions of the battle of Bentonville—which, in turn, was the last major engagement between Confederate forces and Union soldiers under William T. Sherman in the Western theater—cut short another young life.

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The Swamp Lizard Turns the Flank: Joseph Mower’s Assault at Bentonville

Reveling in victory, Maj. Gen. Joseph Mower watched as the enemy to his immediate front collapsed, the Confederates scampering to the rear for safety. To his immediate front, Mower could make out the buildings that constituted the village of Bentonville. … Continue reading

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The Battle of Bentonville: March 21, 1865

March 21 began much as the previous day ended, with both sides engaging in light skirmishing. Late in the morning, Maj. Gen. Joseph A. Mower, a division commander in the XVII Corps received permission from his immediate superior, Maj. Gen. … Continue reading

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The Preservation of Monroe’s Crossroads, Averasboro and Bentonville

Not every Civil War battlefield is within the boundaries of a national park. Three important ones, all associated with Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign of 1865, are preserved, but are not within the boundaries of a national park. All three provide excellent … Continue reading

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The Monuments at Bentonville

The following is an excerpt from “Preserving the Bentonville Battlefield” by Donny Taylor, the site supervisor at the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. It appears in “Calamity in Carolina: The Battles of Averasboro and Bentonville, March 1865″ by Daniel T. … Continue reading

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The Battle of Bentonville: March 20, 1865

Dawn broke on the morning of March 20 with Slocum and Johnston still facing each other. Meanwhile, Sherman, Howard and the Army of the Tennessee were on their way to the battlefield. Approaching from the east, the Federals were delayed … Continue reading

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The Flag of the 10th S.C.

When their charge went too deep, the men of Coltart’s Division found themselves almost surrounded. In the ensuing chaos, the remaining men of the 10th South Carolina found themselves in great peril. One soldier ticked off the results:

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The Last Charge of the Army of Tennessee

As the line of gaunt and scared Confederate veterans emerged from the piney forest and advanced over the cool, sandy soil, the scene inspired nearby onlookers. The Army of Tennessee was moving forward that afternoon for an assault once more. … Continue reading

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To Crush One Corps of Sherman’s Army: Henry Slocum’s Actions at Bentonville

Major General Henry W. Slocum could hardly believe his ears. Standing before him was an emaciated figure, dressed in enemy gray. The man, a “galvanized Yankee”, which was a term applied to captured Union soldiers who chose to enter Confederate … Continue reading

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The Battle of Bentonville: March 19, 1865

150 years ago, on the morning of March 19, 1865, the Battle of Bentonville opened with Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton’s cavalry delaying the advance of Maj. Gen. Henry Slocum’s Army of Georgia along the Goldsboro Road. Hampton had chosen the … Continue reading

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