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]

Battle of Bentonville Facts

March 19-21, 1865

Key facts about the Battle of Bentonville.

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Date

  • March 19–21, 1865

Location

  • Near Bentonville, in Johnston County, North Carolina

Campaign

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)

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • 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.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Bentonville Facts
  • Coverage March 19-21, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Bentonville
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 1, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 24, 2021
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