Maj. Gen. John Alexander Logan Camp# 4

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Raleigh, NC

Logan Camp Recruits at Bennett Place

 

On April 17 and 18 The Bennett Place Historic Site held the 145th reenactment of the surrender of General Johnston to General Sherman.  Our own Brother John Guss brilliantly portrayed General Sherman. 

 

The simple Bennett farmhouse was situated between Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's headquarters in Greensboro, and Union Gen. William T. Sherman's headquarters in Raleigh. In April 1865, the two commanders met at the Bennett Place, where they signed surrender papers for Southern armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. It was the largest troop surrender of the American Civil War.

The living historians set up an encampment and visitors had to get a pass from the Provost in order to visit the camps.  The Camps were historically correct and were quite educational for the visitors.

The Artillery Commander was Major James Lynch who is an SUVCW brother from Toms River, Virginia.  In the Artillery was a shiny brass canon owned by Art Sherri, who at 81 was the oldest re-enactor on the field.  The artillery was Federal on Saturday and Confederate on Sunday. The same for the cavalry.  These were very versatile re-enactors.

The Logan Camp put a recruiting booth at the site both days and displayed many artifacts, badges, Civil War weapons and a display of camp food.  Living historians portrayed both Confederate and Union cavalry escorts for the generals. 

 

The displays brought the people to our booth and we were able to engage them in conversation and obtained several potential new recruits.

Bentonville 145th Reenactment

 

I feel sorry for any Civil War fan that missed the 145th Anniversary of the 1865 Battle of Bentonville, NC.  The anniversary was held on the actual battlefield, on the actual days of the battle - March 19, 20, 21.  3,200 Living historians re-enacted two of the battles that took place on that last battlefield of the War. 

 

Two canon batteries, two cavalry troops and over 3,000 infantry dug in, charged, retreated and actually gave a brilliant feeling of what it must have been like to see a battle.  Dozens of flags flying, thousands of shiny bayonets on muskets roaring and smoke that obscured the field sent a chill down your spine.  The canon reports made your insides vibrate out of synch and you could feel the ground shake.

The Ruger Camp from Fayetteville organized a recruiting booth near the Information Center.  Brothers Farrell, St. Andrews, and Hopping helped in the booth during the event.

In the woods and around the Harper House were the Union and Confederate camps set up accurate to the period.  Many sutlers set up in the field near the road selling many items and reproductions from the period.

The Harper House was used during the battle as a field hospital and it was set up as a museum to show what the building would have looked like during the battle. 

 

Four weeks after the Battle of Bentonville General Sherman and General Johnston met and negotiated the surrender of the Confederate forces.

The re-enactors ate very well while camping under Civil War conditions.