Bentonville celebrates anniversary


Last weekend, March 18-19, “War So Terrible”: The Medical Living History Progrm was held at Bentonville Battleground, just outside of Sampson County.

As told through the lens of Sampson Community College Shutterbugs II instructor Kelly Jones, visitors to Bentonville had an opportunity to get a glimpse at the treatment received by soldiers during the Civil War as they toured the Harper House. The daytime programs also featured artillery, infantry, and home-front demonstrations .

The night event, which included a tour of the hospital, was sold out this year.

Visitors also had an opportunity to witness a re-enactment of the last major battle of the Civil War, and the largest land battle fought in North Carolina!

Bentonville Battlefield, a National Historic Landmark, was the site of the largest Civil War Battlefield in the state of North Carolina, fought on March 19-21, 1865.

The Battle of Bentonville, was the last full-scale action of the American Civil War in which a Confederate army was able to mount a tactical offensive against the Union Army. This major battle, the largest ever fought in North Carolina, was the only significant attempt to defeat the large Union army of Gen. William T. Sherman during its march through the Carolina’s in the spring of 1865.

The Harper House (c.1850’s) still stands; the home of John and Amy Harper functioned as a Union Field Hospital during the battle, as the Harper family lived in the rooms on the second floor. Visitors to the site will discover the downstairs are furnished to interpret a functioning Civil War field hospital, while the upstairs have period domestic furnishings.

Bentonville Battlefield, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, N.C., is opened Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and closed Sunday and Monday. There is no admission fee, unless noted. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

For more information on Bentonville and tours, call 910-594-0789 or email bentonville@ncdcr.gov.

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