The Final Battle of Sherman and Johnston

By Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes Jr.

360 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 23 halftones, 9 maps, appends., notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5784-7
    Published: August 2006
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6216-2
    Published: November 2000

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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.

About the Author

Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes Jr. is author, coauthor, or editor of many books, including The Battle of Belmont: Grant Strikes South and The Life and Wars of Gideon J. Pillow (both from the University of North Carolina Press). He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
For more information about Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes Jr., visit the Author Page.


Bentonville is a well-paced, readable book that places the engagement within the context of the Carolinas Campaign. The author’s extensive footnotes and bibliography evince years of dedicated research on the topic and the maps are models of clarity. . . . . This book helps rectify that long neglect of campaigns and battles of the western theater.”--Journal of Southwest Georgia History

"Hughes's narrative, . . . reviewing the leadership of Johnston and Sherman and the conduct of their subordinates, is a model of its kind."--Journal of American History

"Well researched and ably written. . . . Advanced pupils will certainly learn much from this book."--KLIATT

"One of the best accounts yet of this vicious fight."--Civil War

“A well-written, comprehensive account of the last gasp of Johnston’s army.”--Historian

"The definitive work on the battle of Bentonville."--Journal of Southern History