Bentonville Battlefield

Civil War – A National Historic Landmark

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

The Battle

Battle Maps

The Armies

The Site Today

Teaching Material

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Bentonville Battlefield

What's New

  • New Hours!
    We now operate Tuesdays through Saturdays 9am - 5pm.

  • Cell Phone Audio Tours
    Whether on-site or not, you can call 910-535-2008 anytime, or go online to learn more about the batttle through pre-recorded narration. This is a free service; regular usage minutes may apply.

Upcoming Events

  • October 25:
    Fall Festival and Living History

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Bring the family and celebrate fall at Bentonville Battlefield! Activities include hayrides, carnival games based on 19th century games, corn shucking contest, townball (19th century baseball), and more. Visitors will learn about 19th century farm life, and the chores that women and children were suddenly responsible for. Costumed civilian re-enactors will also discuss how their lives changed at the outbreak of war and the general 19th century civilian lifestyle. Demonstrations include open-hearth cooking, games, spinning, sewing, and more. There is no admission fee for these daytime activities.

  • October 25:
    "War So Terrible" Night Tours

    Saturday, 7 pm -
    Visitors will get a chance to see the Harper House at night with "War So Terrible" tours. The Harper House and grounds will be transformed into a functioning field hospital with "wounded" laying in the yard while "amputations" take place in the house. Tickets for these special night tours will be available for purchase on site the day of the event, beginning at 9:00am.

Bentonville Battlefield Information

Contact Us

Bentonville Battlefield
5466 Harper House Road
Four Oaks, N.C. 27524
Phone: (910) 594-0789
Fax: (910) 594-0074
GPS: 35.30227788980, -78.32202352590

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday.

Closed most major holidays, call for information.


No admission fee, unless noted. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

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