Bentonville by Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes
The Final Battle of Sherman and Johnston (Civil War America)

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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.

<!--pb cover copy:<BR>Nathaniel Hughes offers a full-length tactical study of the battle of Bentonville, the only major Civil War battle fought in North Carolina and the Confederacy's last attempt to stop the devastating march of Sherman's army north through the Carolinas. In careful detail, Hughes 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 General Joseph E. 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. <BR>-->
 

About Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes

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Robert I. Girardi is president of the Chicago Civil War Roundtable and coeditor, with Peter Cozzens, of "The Military Memoirs of General John Pope," Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes Jr. is the author of numerous books, including "Pride of the Confederate Artillery: The Washington Artillery in the Army of Tennessee.
 
Published September 30, 1996 by The University of North Carolina Press. 358 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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While Hughes' book touches on the actions at Fayetteville and Averasboro to add context, Bradley gives a good, detailed analysis of both fights, explaining the direct influences that these earlier actions would have on the Bentonville battle.

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