For Immediate Release: 09/03/03
News Conference to Announce Preservation Grant for Bentonville Battleground
(Bentonville, N.C.) - On Friday, September 12, the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) will join local preservationists at a news conference to announce a $414,000 grant from the North Carolina Natural Heritage Trust Fund for the purchase of hallowed ground at Bentonville Battleground.
Bentonville, located approximately 20 miles west of Goldsboro, was the scene of one of the final battles of the American Civil War. Earlier this year, Bentonville was identified by CWPT at one of the ten most endangered battlefields in the nation.
The news conference will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site. Speaking at the news conference will be former Congressman J. Alex McMillan, historian and author Mark Moore, Bentonville Battleground Historic Site Manager Donny Taylor, and other notables.
The three-day struggle at Bentonville was the largest battle fought in North Carolina. It marked Confederate General Joseph Johnston's final attempt to halt the march of General William Sherman through the Carolinas. The battle, fought March 19-21, 1865, erupted less than three weeks before Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox.
WHAT: News conference to announce preservation victory at Bentonville Battleground
WHEN: Friday, September 12, 2003 at 11:00 a.m.
WHO: Former Congressman J. Alex McMillan, historian and author Mark Moore, Historic Site Manager Donny Taylor, and other notables.
WHERE: Bentonville Battleground Visitors Center, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, NC
CWPT is a 45,000-member 501(c)(3) nonprofit battlefield preservation organization. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. CWPT's website is located at www.civilwar.org.