A limited number of tickets remain for “Two Weeks of Fury: A Carolina’s Campaign Tour and Symposium.” Hosted by the Friends of Bentonville, the event takes place Sept. 28-29 at various sites in eastern North Carolina. It will include scholarly presentations and battlefield tours.
Expert guides for the tours will include Battle of Bentonville historian Dr. Mark Bradley, Civil War cavalry expert Eric Wittenberg and Carolinas Campaign historians Col (Ret.) Wade Sokolosky and Maj. (Ret.) Mark Smith.
Tour sites will include the Battle of Wyse Fork, CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, and Civil War sites in Fayetteville. A unique opportunity to visit the Monroe’s Crossroads battlefield located on a restricted area of Fort Bragg will be available. Trips also are planned to the Averasboro Battlefield and Museum and the historic Oak Grove Plantation before the final tour at Bentonville, the climactic battle of the campaign.
The official Friday night kickoff will feature a keynote presentation about the Civil War surrender at Bennett Place by award winning scholars Dr. Craig Symonds and Dr. John Marszalek, held at the Broadslab Distillery in Benson. A Saturday night meet and greet will be at the Bentonville Battlefield visitor center. Participants can mingle with historians, learn about the future of Bentonville Battlefield, and tour the Harper House at night.
A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at the Friends of Bentonville Battlefield’s website, www.fobb.net, or at the historic site. Unforeseen circumstances may prompt a change in itineraries. All proceeds will benefit Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site.
The Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865, involved 80,000 troops and was the last Confederate offensive against Union Gen. William T. Sherman. Bentonville Battlefield interprets the battle and hospital, where many Confederates were left in the aftermath. The site is located at 5466 Harper House Rd., Four Oaks, N.C. 27524 and is about one hour from Raleigh and 45 minutes from Fayetteville. It is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of natural and Cultural Resources. Visit online for more information or call (910) 594-0789.