Advance tickets for the state’s largest Civil War re-enactment, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville, are selling quickly but are still available.
Tickets purchased before March 15 are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 9-12. Buying in advance also allows the purchase of a combination ticket for both days, March 21-22. That ticket is $20 for adults and $10 for children.
After March 15, remaining tickets will be sold at the gate for $15 for adults and $10 for children. Combination tickets will not be available. Children ages 8 and younger attend free.
The battle scenarios on Saturday and Sunday are the only events that require tickets. All other anniversary events – lectures, house tours, demonstrations and more – are free to the public.
“Tickets are going fast,” said Derrick Brown, Bentonville Battlefield’s assistant site manager. “This is the first time a combination ticket has been offered, and it has been very popular.”
Bentonville Battlefield is the largest Civil War battlefield in the state and the site of the only Confederate offensive that tried to stop Gen. William T. Sherman’s March north from Savannah, Ga. This was one of the last major battles of the Civil War, with more than 80,000 troops fighting on 6,000 acres of farmland in Eastern North Carolina.
More than 3,500 re-enactors and 30,000 spectators are expected at the anniversary event, which will offer two battles, military and civilian encampments and special educational programs over the two-day period.
Tickets can be purchased online at fobb.net/150thBentonville/Tickets.aspx. Also, tickets can be purchased at the Visitors Center or by mailing a check to Bentonville 150th Event Tickets, P.O. Box 211, Newton Grove, N.C. 28366. Checks should be payable to the FOBB.
Bentonville Battlefield is located on Harper House Road in southeastern Johnston County.