Bentonville Battlefield Program Presents Life at Home during the Civil War

[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]

Bentonville Battlefield Program Oct. 1 Presents Life at Home during the Civil War

FOUR OAKS— The welcoming smells of homemade stew, fresh baked bread and sweet potato coffee will greet visitors at North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources’ Bentonville Battlefield’s annual civilian living history program, “Life on the Homefront in 1861.”

This free program will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.  Visitors can learn about the hardships faced by the average Southern family left behind in the first year of the Civil War from civilian re-enactors throughout the day.

Demonstrations include open-hearth cooking with samples, spinning, sewing and games.  Military re-enactors from the 27th NC will also be on hand to demonstrate camp life, musket firing and drilling.  Guided tours of the Harper House, a Union field hospital, will be offered on the hour beginning at 10 a.m. with the last tour at 4 p.m.

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 State Historic Site interprets the battle and the hospital, where many Confederates were left in the aftermath.

Bentonville Battlefield is located at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524, three miles north of Newton Grove on S.R. 1008, about one hour from Raleigh and about 45 minutes from Fayetteville.  For more information, or call (910) 594-0789.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit

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