9780807822814

Bentonville: The Final Battle of Sherman and Johnson

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807822814

  • ISBN10:

    0807822817

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1996-09-01
  • Publisher: UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Preface
Sherman's Web Footted Boys in Blew
Glorious Old Joe
Playing a Bluff
A Grand Sight to See
All the Amusement We Want
The Battle of ""Acorn Run""
We'll Whip 'Em Yet!
If the Lord Will Only See Me Safe Through
This Afflicted and Troublesome Day
A Regular Indian Fight
Shoulder-to-Shoulder and Then Back-to-Back
Nip and Tuck
Sherman's Star
The A
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