Living history day planned at Bentonville battlefield Saturday

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FOUR OAKS — The sounds of artillery and musket fire will once again ring out at the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. The annual summer artillery living history program will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Costumed living historians will demonstrate how soldiers made meals, maintained their weapons, equipment and uniforms, trained for battle, withstood the weather and much more. This free program will feature artillery firings at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. and musket demonstrations at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Attendees can visit a Civil War soldier’s camp and discover what role the enlisted man played in battle. Re-enactors from Co. D, 27th North Carolina Troops, will give musket demonstrations and answer questions about military life during the war. The living historians will also give uniform and equipment talks.

Artillery demonstrations will be performed by members of the Carolina Living History Guild and Starr’s Battery. They will feature a 3-inch ordnance rifle and a 6-pounder field gun, both typical Civil War field pieces.

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.

The site is located at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, 3 miles north of Newton Grove on State Road 1008.

For more information, call 910-594-0789.