Seats are going fast for the guided tours during the "North Carolina, 1865: Civil War Symposium" taking place at Bentonville Battlefield September 14- 15. The amount of tickets for the tours, featuring Civil War historians, are down to single digits. The Civil War Symposium has more to offer than just guided bus tours though to excite Civil War enthusiasts.

Hear Ed Bearss, who has been dubbed history’s “Pied Piper,” and other prominent Civil War historians discuss the “Campaign of the Carolinas” at Bentonville Battlefield’s “North Carolina 1865: a Civil War Symposium.” The two day program will feature presentations on September 14 and a battlefield tour on September, 15, and is part of North Carolina’s Civil War Sesquicentennial observance.

Saturday’s slate of speakers includes Civil War historians Dr. Mark Bradley, Dr. Chris Fonvielle, Col. (Ret.) Wade Sokolosky, Eric Wittenberg, Bert Dunkerly, and keynote speaker Ed Bearss. September 14th’s presentations will take place at Johnston County Community College’s Paul A. Johnston Auditorium in Smithfield.

Sunday will offer a rare opportunity for a guided tour of Bentonville Battlefield by famed battlefield guide Ed Bearss and by Dr. Mark Bradley, the foremost historian on the Battle of Bentonville. Charter buses will take visitors to parts of the battlefield that are seldom seen on tour. Bradley and Bearss will enthrall the audience with their extensive knowledge of the complexities of the Battle of Bentonville.

Tickets are available for purchase online at the Friends of Bentonville Battlefield’s website,, or from Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. Seats on the buses are limited, so make your reservations soon. All proceeds from the program benefit the Friends of Bentonville Battlefield Inc. Due to unforeseen circumstances, presenters and guides may change without further notice. For more information please call (910) 594-0789.

For this event, the Holiday Inn Express in Smithfield, NC is showing its support of the Symposium by offering a reduced rate on rooms. They can be reached at (919) 934-3350, and be sure to tell them you are part of the "Bentonville Symposium."

The Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865 involved 80,000 troops and was the last Confederate offensive against Union Gen. William T. Sherman.  Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site interprets the battle and the hospital, where many Confederates were left in the aftermath.

Bentonville Battlefield is located at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524, three miles north of Newton Grove on S.R. 1008, about one hour from Raleigh and about 45 minutes from Fayetteville.  For more information, visit or call (910) 594-0789.