Battle of Bentonville

The Battle of Bentonville fought on March 19-21 amply demonstrates just how hopeless the military situation confronting the Confederacy in 1865 was.  Responding to an urgent request from General Lee that he stop Sherman’s army,  General Joe Johnston, scraping together an army together of 21,000 men, skillfully attacked one wing of Sherman’s army under General Slocum on March 17, near Bentonville, North Carolina.   The Union forces weathered fierce attack by the Confederates and remained on the field.  Over the next few days, the rest of Sherman’s army came up, and Johnston, facing odds of three to one, had no choice but to retreat after nightfall on March 21.  Skill and valor could do little against the odds that the Confederate armies faced everywhere in 1865. (more…)

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