Battle of Bentonville Facts

March 19-21, 1865

Key facts about the Battle of Bentonville.

Black and white photo of William T. Sherman.

The Battle of Bentonville, fought near Bentonville, North Carolina, was the final battle of Major General William T. Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign. [Wikimedia Commons]



  • March 19–21, 1865


  • Near Bentonville, in Johnston County, North Carolina


Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of Georgia

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of the South

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 60,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 21,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 1,527 (194 killed, 1,112 wounded, and 221 missing/captured)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 2,606 (239 killed, 1,694 wounded, and 673 missing/captured)


  • Union victory


  • Only major Confederate attempt to stop William T. Sherman after the Battle of Atlanta, in August, 1864.
  • Last major Confederate engagement of the War Between the States.
  • Largest Civil War engagement fought in North Carolina.

Timeline of the Carolinas Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Carolinas Campaign in order.


Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Bentonville Facts
  • Date March 19-21, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Bentonville
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date June 1, 2023
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 21, 2022

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