|Battle of Bentonville|
The battle started as the right wing of Sherman's army under command of General Oliver O. Howard marched toward Goldsbourough and encountered the entrenched men of Johnston's army.
|Union Artillery on Morris Farm|
|Grave of Willie Hardeen|
|Harper House, used as Union field hospital during the Battle of Bentonville|
Over 500 wounded soldiers, including 45 Confederates, were treated at this facility. John, Amy, and seven of their children remained at the home throughout the battle, helping to care for the wounded men. On March 22, 1865, Sherman's army left the Bentonville area, transporting all Federal wounded to nearby Goldsboro. Wounded Confederate soldiers were left behind at Harper's, many of whom convalesced here for week
As a result of the overwhelming enemy strength and the heavy casualties his army suffered in the battle, Johnston surrendered to Sherman little more than a month later at Bennett Place, near Durham Station. Coupled with Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender earlier in April, Johnston's surrender represented the effective end of the war.
Bentonville Battleground was declared a National Historick Landmark in 1996.
|Grave of Unknown Confederate Soldier, |