Explore North Carolina's Civil War Heritage By Bus

From the massive amphibious attack on Fort Fisher to the 6,000 acre battlefield at Bentonville to the site of the largest surrender of the Civil War at Bennett Place, there's so much Civil War history to see in North Carolina.

And this October, you can explore five of North Carolina's major Civil War sites and get a behind-the-scenes look at the world-class Civil War exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History on our exclusive weekend Civil War Sesquicentennial Bus Tour.

Participants will get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at North Carolina's best Civil War sites and enjoy informative on-bus lectures by pre-eminent Civil War historian Mark Bradley.

Spaces are expected to go quickly. The deadline to register is Sept. 29 and you can easily make your reservations online.

Our agenda and a bio of Mark Bradley, our tour guide, appear below.

What You'll See

Day One -- Friday, October 24

  • A look at the antebellum N.C. State Capitol, which was the site of North Carolina's vote for secession and then occupied by Union troops in 1865, followed by dinner in the Rotunda

Day Two -- Saturday, October 25

  • A "Fort Fisher above the Scenes" tour that provides a bird-eye view of the massive fortification and the battles fought there and finishes up with the firing of one of the fort's cannon
  • A tour of the Confederate ironclad CSS Neuse, led by costumed interpreters
  • A circa 1865 period meal on the grounds of Bentonville Battlefield, followed by a trip back in time to see the Harper family home turned into an Army field hospital

Day Three -- Sunday, October 26

  • A look at Bennett Place, where the War effectively ended, focusing on negotiations between Confederate Gen. Joseph S. Johnston and Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman

Download a detailed, full agenda

Our Tour Guide: Mark Bradley

We're thrilled to have renowned Civil War historian Mark Bradley leading our adventure as the on-bus tour guide. Here's a little more about Bradley from the N.C. Civil War Roundtable:

Mark is the author of the critically-acclaimed Last Stand in the Carolinas: The Battle of Bentonville, considered by many to be the definitive account of the largest Civil War land battle to take place here in our own home state. 

He followed that effort up with This Astounding Close: The Road to Bennett Place, which takes us from the battle at Bentonville to the closing moments of the war for Sherman's and Johnston's armies, the surrender at Bennett Place. 

In order to complete the story of North Carolina in the Civil War, his most recent effort takes on Reconstruction in Bluecoats and Tar Heels: Soldiers and Civilians in Reconstruction North Carolina. He has also written several articles for Blue & Gray Magazine and Civil War Regiments.

Cancellation Policy

Date Refund
On or Before September 29 Full refund less $50
After September 29, But Before October 15 Full refund less $125
On or After October 15 No refund

The Basics

Tour Stops: five Civil War historic sites in eastern North Carolina and the N.C. Museum of History

Dates: Friday, October 24, to Sunday, October 26

Pricing: All admission fees. Two dinners and two hotel stays are covered

Occupancy Before 9/15 After 9/15
Single $455 $475
Double $375 $395

Register: Online by Sept. 29

Questions?

Have a question or need some help?

Contact Vivian McDuffie at vivian.mcduffie@ncdcr.gov or (919) 807-7394.

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