Bennett Place

On 26 April 1865, The Army of Tennessee. under the command of Gen Joseph Johnston surrenderd to the Federal Army of Gen.William T. Sherman. This quiet little farmstead outside present day Durham,N.C., saw the largest mass surrender of the Civil War.and the largest surrender of an army in the field in American History.

On 9-10 Feb.2008,

the fledging 38th North Carolina troops

were given the honor of

camping and drilling

on this most sacred ground.

There were not a lot of spectators

and most people just drove by without

giving the place a second thought.

 

Yet for those that were there, we were not alone.

The Bennett place
farm does not
have the solitude of Appomattox Court House. With the constant noise of
urban sprawl clawing at the boundary wall
it might be hard to visualize and feel the magnitude of what happened here. Yet there is an over-whelming sense of serenity and peace.

Bennett Place

Falling in after chow

Sgt Will Delaney (drummer) & the 38th NC Troops

1st Sgt. John Siemers, Pvt. Robert West, Miss Rebecca Farley ,and Corp. Jerry Roberts at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond,VA.

Captain Ricky Meadows instructs his troopers