Friday, March 23, 2012

Good News at the Battle of Bentonville-- Part 2

The Battle of Bentonville was fought in Johnston County, near Goldsboro, North Carolina March 19-21, 1865, and is regarded as the Confederate Army's "Last Stand in the Carolina." The loss here as well as Lee's surrender at Appomattox a few weeks later caused Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston to surrender April 26th.

Fighting raged over 6,000 acres, the largest battle in North Carolina and more than 4,500 casualties on both sides.

What makes Bentonville even more important is the miles or original trenches and the fact that most of the battle took place in a largely rural, agricultural area. It is estimated that the thousands of visitors annually to the site spend $7 million in Johnston County tourism.

In this most recent addition, nine properties were bought, each adjacent to previously acquired lands for a total of 1,435 acres.

More to Come. --Old Secesh

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