While the surrender at Appomattox Court House represented a neat and tidy ending to the Civil War narrative—and is thus the best-known surrender of the war—the largest surrender actually place more than a week later in North Carolina, at Bennett Place. I’m On Location for a closer look.
For more on Bennett Place State Historical Site, visit their official webpage.
You can support the site through the Bennett Place Support Fund.
My first-ever post for Emerging Civil War recounted my first trip to Bennett Place. The site of one story’s end marked the beginning of another.
Phill Greenwalt followed in my footsteps—or, more aptly, those of Johnston and Sherman—in 2013.
Eric Wittenberg, who considers Bennett Place to be one of his very favorite Civil War places, reflected on the contrast between events there and Appomattox.
Eric also discussed the surrender there as part of a two-part series for ECW’s Sesquicentennial coverage.
Bert Dunkerly has written about the surrender at Bennett Place for the Emerging Civil War Series in his fantastic book To the Bitter End: Appomattox, Bennett Place, and the Surrenders of the Confederacy.