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 of the Harper House leave from the Visitor Center at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm. Tickets can be purchased in the Visitor Center and cost $2 for adults and $1 for children (12 and under) and seniors (55+). We ask that groups of more than 10 make reservations in advance.
*As of July 25, 2023, the Harper House will be closed indefinitely for tours while much-needed restoration and renovations are completed. The visitor center, walking and driving trails remain open. Thank you for your patience.*
The Harper House (ca. 1855) is furnished as a Civil War field hospital. The site also includes a reconstructed kitchen and enslaved dwelling.
The visitor center features a 15-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 a 10-mile self-guided driving tour and 5 miles of walking trails winding through trenches and fields over which the battle occurred. Also located on the site is the Harper family cemetery, a Confederate cemetery, and monument area.
The visitor center is fully accessible. The Harper House and outbuildings have steps and are accessible with assistance.
Tables are available on the grounds.
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. Living history programs and other special events occur throughout the year.