Tickets for the 150th anniversary reenactment of the Civil War battle at Bentonville next spring are now on sale.
Nearly 5,000 reenactors are expected to play the parts of Confederate and Union soldiers for a two-day recreation of the battle on March 21 and 22. The actual battle involved 80,000 troops and took place over three days, March 19-21, 1865.
In addition to the daily battle reenactments, the weekend will include lectures, displays, house tours, period music and other events to commemorate the 150th anniversary. Only the battles require a ticket.
Advanced tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children aged nine to 12. After March 15, and at the gate if available, tickets will be $15 for adults and $10 for children nine to 12. Children aged eight and under are free. A discounted two-day ticket is also available during advanced sales only – $20 for adults and $10 for children aged nine to 12.
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Tickets may be purchased online at www.150thbentonville.com, at the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, or by calling 910-594-0789. Checks can be mailed to Bentonville 150th Event Tickets, P.O. Box 211, Newton Grove, N.C. 28366.
Bentonville was the site of the last major Confederate attack of the war, as Gen. Joseph Johnston tried to stop Gen. William T. Sherman’s Union advance northward on Goldsboro. More than 4,100 men were killed, wounded or missing after the three days of fighting, but the battle was overshadowed by Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox in Virginia three weeks later.