Saturday, March 21, 2015

American Civil War 150: The Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina (1865)

Bentonville, March 19-21, 1865, one of the last big battles of the American Civil War, wrapped up 150 years ago today. Little Willie Hardee, 17-year old son of Lieutenant General William J. Hardee, was killed fighting with the 8th Texas Cavalry, Terry's Texas Rangers on March 21. He's buried in Hillsborough, North Carolina. 

With only weeks to go before the war was over, fighting at Bentonville was fierce enough to result in nearly 5,000 American casualties, Union and Confederate. The commanders in this brief North Carolina campaign were two of the best of the war -- "Old" Joe Johnston and William Tecumseh "Cump" Sherman. In Virginia, two of the other top commanders -- R.E. Lee and U.S. Grant -- were still slagging away on the Petersburg-Richmond front.  
These are snippets from an article I wrote quite a little while ago. 
Today's Rune: Wholeness. 

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