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Gen. William T. Sherman

Mower's Charge - Battle of Bentonville

20th Corps Artillery - Battle of Bentonville

Gen. Joseph E. Johnston

North Carolina Civil War Trails
N orth Carolina joins Virginia and Maryland in a three-state heritage tourism venture that leads travelers to more than 700 interpreted Civil War sites. The program in North Carolina was officially dedicated at Bentonville Battlefield on March 14, 2005.

Speakers at the dedication included Mitch Bowman, director of the Civil War Trails Program; Lynn Minges of the N.C. Division of Tourism, Film, and Sports Development; and Libba Evans, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The keynote address was given by Dr. Jeffrey Crow, Deputy Secretary for the N.C. Office of Archives & History.

The first phase of the program in North Carolina will feature more than 100 newly interpreted sites. The program is ongoing, and signage at many more sites will be added in the future.

The centerpiece of the Trails program in North Carolina is a driving tour of major points associated with the Carolinas Campaign of 1865. These sites cover the final engagements between the armies of Gen. William T. Sherman and Joseph E. Johnston, culminating in the Battle of Bentonville and leading to the Confederate surrender near Durham.

The North Carolina Civil War Trails Brochure (now available up and down the East Coast) features a statewide tour map showing locations and descriptions of sites interpreted to date. In additon to the Carolinas Campaign, topics covered in the program and brochure include the Burnside Expedition, Foster's Raid, Confederate Lifeline, Race to Washington, Ironclads, North Carolina's Contributions, and North Carolina Firsts.

The Department of Cultural Resources wishes to thank the many agencies and individuals who have made the Trails Program a reality. The North Carolina Departments of Transportation, Commerce, and Cultural Resources are partners in this venture; and we all look forward to our continued work with Mitch Bowman and the Civil War Trails team to expand the program into other parts of North Carolina.

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