The Battle of Bentonville, fought on March 19-21, 1865. was the last full-scale action of the American Civil War in which a Confederate army was able to mount a tactical offensive against the Union Army. This major battle was the only significant attempt to defeat the large Union army of Gen. William T. Sherman during its march through the Carolinas.

The Harper House c.1850s still stands; the home of John and Amy Harper functioned as a Union Field Hospital during the battle. Visitors to the site will discover the downstairs are furnished to interpret a functioning Civil War field hospital, while the upstairs has period domestic furnishings. Living history events held annually and large-scale reenactment every five years, next one will be in 2020.

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