March 2015 Documents of the Month


In March 1865, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston assembled available Confederate forces to contest Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s steady advance northward through North Carolina. On March 19, Johnston attacked part of Sherman’s army at Bentonville. After three days of hard fighting, Sherman’s men were able to regain the advantage and Johnston was forced to retire.

Ten days earlier, on March 8, 9, and 10, 1865, at the smaller and often forgotten battle of Kinston (or Wyse’s Fork), a small Confederate force under command of Gen. Braxton Bragg successfully stalled a column of Federal troops marching inland from New Bern to link up with Sherman at Goldsboro. Among the troops heavily engaged in both battles was a division of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia troops under command of Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hoke. 

The Museum has Surgeon Isaac Tanner’s ledger book of casualties that Hoke’s Division suffered during its campaigns in Virginia and North Carolina in 1864-1865. The casualty list for the battle of Kinston fills five ledger book pages; the list for Bentonville fills ten pages.

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