4409 Bennett Memorial Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Join the Calvary at Bennett Place
Saturday, June 8, 2013
10:00am – 4:00pm
See the clash of sabers and cavalry demonstrations of “horse soldiers” of the Civil War at Bennett Place State Historic Site. During the living history program interpreters will display weaponry and demonstrate military tactics. This is the first of 2nd Saturdays free programs arranged by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources at museums and historic sites statewide on June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10.
“The cavalry was one of the most important branches of the military during the American Civil War,” remarks John Guss, site manager. “One of the last cavalry charges took place at Morrisville Station just three miles south of the present Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Following this final battle between the Union and Confederate armies, the cavalry marched toward the Bennett Farm with their respective generals for the most important meeting of the entire war.”
Bennett Place was the site of the largest surrender of Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. It was here that the cavalry played an important final role in escorting Maj. General William T. Sherman and General Joseph E. Johnston to this historic meeting for peace. The agreement reached in the parlor of the Bennett home negotiated the surrender of more than 89,270 Confederate soldiers from the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
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