Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Civil War Trust Hopes to Add to Bentonville Battlefield-- Part 2

Johnston County property records showed the proposed land is owned by Jordan B. Flowers in irrevocable trust.

On March 19-21, 1865, some 60,000 Union troops and 20,000 Confederates clashed here at the Battle of Bentonville.

According to site manager Donny Taylor,  "This was the last battle of the war that the Confederate Army was able to choose the ground and initiate the battle."  Sherman was heading for Goldsboro because the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad and Wilmington & Weldon Railroad crossed there.

The battle did not change the war's outcome.

The 75 acres the CWT wants to acquire is about two miles northeast of the Bentonville visitors center.  Most land additions to the battlefield have come in the last fifteen years.  The state historic site has been adding walking trails and developing cell phone guided tours.  Land in the site that is not developed is being leased to local farmers.

Now, I Definitely Enjoy Doing These Entries More Than the Confederacy Under Attack.  --Old Secesh

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