Plan Your Visit

canon in front of the Harper House

The Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865, was the last full-scale action of the Civil War in which a Confederate army was able to mount a tactical offensive. This major battle, the largest ever fought in North Carolina, was the only significant attempt to defeat the large Union army of Gen. William T. Sherman during its march through the Carolinas in the spring of 1865.

Hours and Location

Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and most major holidays

5466 Harper House Rd
Four Oaks, NC 27524


Admission is free
Donations are appreciated

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the Harper House and outbuildings are scheduled on the hour throughout the day. We ask that groups make reservations in advance.

Group Resvervations


Historic Structures
The Harper House (ca. 1855) is furnished as a Civil War field hospital. The site also includes a reconstructed kitchen and slave quarters.

Visitor Center
The visitor center features a 10-minute audiovisual program explaining the events leading up to the Battle of Bentonville. The center also displays artifacts from the battlefield and maps of troop movement during the three days of fighting.

Trails, Monuments, Outdoor Exhibits
Features include a 1/4-mile trail along the Federal XX Corps reserve trenches, the Harper family cemetery, a Confederate mass grave, the North Carolina monument, the Texas monument, the Goldsboro Rifles monument (ca. 1893), and a field fortification exhibit.

wayside exhibit at the battlefield

Handicapped Accessibility
The visitor center is fully accessible. The Harper House and outbuildings have steps and are accessible with assistance.

Picnic Facilities
Tables are available on the grounds.

Gift Shop
A gift shop is located in the visitor center with items related to Bentonville and the Civil War.

Programs, Group Activities

Special events are scheduled near the anniversary of the battle in March. Summer seasonal living history programs occur in July and August.

Associated Files