In Search of Civil War History
in North Carolina
In early June 2021, my husband Michael, and I went on to North Carolina in search of Civil War historical sites.
Bennett Place, a State Historic Site in Durham, is the site of the largest surrender, of the Civil War. This took place April 17th through April 26th, 1865, between General Johnston and General Sherman.
During surrender negotiations, the Generals learned of the assassination of President Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth’s complicating the terms of the surrender. Sherman was criticized in Washington, D.C. for being too generous with the terms of surrender. Sherman and Johnston became close friends after the war.
Johnston was present at Sherman’s funeral, and he refused to wear a hat during the bad weather. This, shortly after, resulted in his own death from pneumonia. Johnston is buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore, MD.
For more information visit: (http://www.bennettplacehistoricsite.com)
Bentonville Battlefield, in Four Oaks, N.C.
The Battle of Bentonville, the largest battle fought in North Carolina, occurred from March 19th, 1865 to March 21st, 1865.
The visitor center provides a self-driving tour of the battlefield. Harper House was used as a hospital for both Union, and Confederate, troops. On the tour, there is also a monument marking a mass grave of unknown Confederate soldiers.
For more information, visit https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/bentonville-battlefield.
Somerset Place, in Creswell, N.C.
Somerset was an active plantation from 1785 to 1865, one of the largest in the area. The visitors center provides a historical timeline profiling the landowners and the enslaved persons. The tour comprises the main house, enslaved buildings, and the grounds.
For more information, visit: https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/somerset-place