“The Ground Trembled Under our Feet” Mass Artillery at Bentonville
Released by the NC Dept. of Cultural Resources
Bentonville’s 151st Anniversary will be celebrated March 19-20, 2016, and feature the power of Civil War era artillery. Visitors will get a chance to see how a battery of cannons operated and worked together in the heat of the 1865 battle. Visitors will be able to see artillery and infantry demonstrations through the weekend as well as view camps and talk with interpreters about life during the Civil War.
The Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865, was the last full-scale action of the Civil War in which a Confederate army mounted a tactical offensive. This battle is considered the largest ever fought in NC, and the only significant attempt to defeat the General Sherman’s Union army during its Spring march.
Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site is located at 5466 Harper House Road, in Four Oaks NC. Hours for this event are 10am to 4pm on both days.
In addition to the Bentonville Visitor Center, this state historic site offers trails and outdoor exhibits, a Civil War field hospital, slave quarters, picnic facilities, and a gift shop. The park is mostly handicapped accessible.
Come for the education, see the action, and hear the big bangs!
For more information on state history, visit the websitewww.nchistoricsites.org. North Carolina Historic Sites is a division of the NC Department of Cultural Resources Office of Archives & History. The Division of State Historic Sites and Properties preserves, operates, and interprets significant historic sites, enabling visitors to explore the state’s heritage in an engaging, relevant manner.