On my recent vacation I had the opportunity to check out a new battlefield, and though it’s a vastly different space than Gettysburg, the experience was interesting enough that I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos. The battlefield in question: Bentonville, North Carolina. It’s not one of the biggest or one of the better-known . . . but in a way, every battle is vastly important even if only to remember those who died there. In a nutshell, Bentonville was a duel between the South’s Gen. Joseph Johnston and the much-maligned Gen. Sherman. The last duel, in fact.
While I didn’t get to see the battlefield (it was an early sojourn, and nothing was open yet) I spent some time at the John and Amy Harper house, a Civil War-era structure used as both a Union and a Confederate field hospital after the battle. I wished I could have gone inside but was still thrilled with the opportunity to enjoy it from afar. The first image is a sign at the visitor center. The second shows the Harper house, a beautiful 1850s farmhouse with a gruesome history, while the third photo showcases one of two slave cabins.
SGT. SOLOMON MCDONALD SEXTON
Co. D, 4TH Virginia Infantry
Born March 20, 1841/42 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 21/22
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