Synopses & Reviews
The battle of Bentonville, the only major Civil War battle fought in North Carolina, was the Confederacy's last attempt to stop the devastating march of William Tecumseh Sherman's army north through the Carolinas. Despite their numerical disadvantage, General Joseph E. Johnston's Confederate forces successfully ambushed one wing of Sherman's army on March 19, 1865 but were soon repulsed. For the Confederates, it was a heroic but futile effort to delay the inevitable: within a month, both Richmond and Raleigh had fallen, and Lee had surrendered.
Nathaniel Hughes offers a full-length tactical study of this important battle. In careful detail, he lays out Confederate and Union troop movements and places the engagement within the larger military framework of the last months of the war. Analyzing the reasons for the initial success and eventual failure of Johnston's offensive, he maintains that Sherman showed great restraint by remaining committed to the larger goal of reaching Goldsboro rather than stopping to pursue or destroy the defeated Confederates.
Nathaniel Hughes offers a full-length tactical study of this important battle. In careful detail, he lays out Confederate and Union troop movements and places the engagement within the larger military framework of the last months of the war. Analyzing the reasons for the initial success and eventual failure of Johnston's offensive, Hughes maintains that Sherman showed great restraint by remaining committed to the larger goal of reaching Goldsboro rather than stopping to pursue or destroy the defeated Confederates.
"Well researched and ably written. . . . Advanced pupils will certainly learn much from this book."
KLIATT "Bentonville is a well-paced, readable book. . . .The author's extensive footnotes and bibliography evince years of dedicated research.
Journal of Southwest Georgia History" "Hughes's narrative, . . . reviewing the leadership of Johnston and Sherman and the conduct of their subordinates, is a model of its kind.
Journal of American History" "[A] well-paced, readable book that places the engagement within the context of the Carolinas Campaign.
Journal of Southwest Georgia History" One of the best accounts yet of this vicious fight.
Civil War "A well-written, comprehensive account of the last gasp of Johnston's army.
About the Author
Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes Jr. is author, coauthor, or editor of many books, including The Battle of Belmont: Grant Strikes South and The Life and Wars of Gideon J. Pillow, both from the University of North Carolina Press. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Sherman's Web Footted Boys in Blew
Chapter 2. Glorious Old Joe
Chapter 3. Playing a Bluff
Chapter 4. A Grand Sight to See
Chapter 5. All the Amusement We Want
Chapter 6. The Battle of "Acorn Run"
Chapter 7. We'll Whip 'Em Yet!
Chapter 8. If the Lord Will Only See Me Safe Through
Chapter 9. This Afflicted and Troublesome Day
Chapter 10. A Regular Indian Fight
Chapter 11. Shoulder-to-Shoulder and Then Back-to-Back
Chapter 12. Nip and Tuck
Chapter 13. Sherman's Star
Chapter 14. The Angel of the Covenant Whispered to Our Commander
Appendix 1. Organization of Forces at the Battle of Bentonville
Appendix 2. Beyond Bentonville
1 Vicinity of Bentonville
2 Carlin's Attack
3 2:30P.M., March 19
4 Johnston Attacks
5 Fearing's Counterattack
6 Hardee's Night Attacks
7 Vicinity of Falling Creek
8 March 20
9 Mower Punctures Johnston's Left
Henry Warner Slocum
Sherman and his generals
Joseph Eggleston Johnston
John C. Fiser
William Passmore Carlin
Williams and his generals
George Pearson Buell
Harrison C. Hobart
James Dada Morgan
John Grant Mitchell
Benjamin Dana Fearing
Ward and his generals
Joseph Benjamin Palmer
Daniel Harvey Hill
William Booth Taliaferro
William Brimage Bate
Robert Frederick Hoke
Mower's charge against the Confederate left
William Joseph Hardee