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“Life on Campaign” Living History Program at Bentonville Battlefield

FOUR OAKS, N.C. – The sounds of artillery and musket fire will once again ring out at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site
The annual summer artillery living history program will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Costumed living historians will demonstrate how soldiers made meals, maintained their weapons
equipment and uniforms, trained for battle, withstood the weather, and much more
This free program will feature artillery firings at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
and musket demonstrations at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Visitors can visit a Civil War soldier’s camp and discover what role the enlisted man played in battle
Re-enactors from Co. D 27th North Carolina Troops will give musket
demonstrations and explain and answer questions about military life during the war
The living historians will also give uniform and equipment talks

Artillery demonstrations will be performed by members of Starr’s Battery
They will feature a Three-Inch Ordnance Rifle and a six-pounder field gun, both typical Civil War field pieces
According to one witness, the artillery fire at the battle of Bentonville was so heavy that it
“literally barked the trees, cutting off limbs as if by hand”
Dozens of these guns were used during the 1865 battle

The Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865, involved 80,000 troops
It 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

The site 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, visit or call (910) 594-0789