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Bennett Place Hosts “We Ride a Whirlwind” Book Signing, and Classic Rides

Classic Cars

Visitors to Bennett Place State Historic Site will learn about the whirlwind effect of the tumultuous Civil War period and also can see classic cars at two free presentations at Bennett Place Saturday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Author Eric Wittenberg will give a tour of the Bennett house and parlor where the peace treaty effectively ending the Civil War was signed. He will also discuss his new book, “We Ride a Whirlwind.” The book’s title is a direct quote from Gen. William Sherman in a letter to his wife shortly before the war’s end. The book focuses on the final months of the Civil War, particularly emphasizing events occurring at Bennett Place. Copies of the book will be for sale. It’s a great chance to learn about the movement toward peace in this modest farm home.

Also at that time a collection of antique cars will stop over at Bennett Place. Beautifully restored Model A and Model T Fords will be showcased, along with other drivable vehicles that once roamed America’s highways and country back roads. Members of the American Antique Car Club local chapter enjoy sharing their love of these beauties and may even let you honk the horn! Don’t miss this great opportunity.

Bennett Place was the site of the largest surrender of the Civil War and included the armies of the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida totaling nearly 90,000 war weary troops, effectively ending the Civil War. Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and Union Gen. William T. Sherman negotiated the truce at the farm of James and Nancy Bennett. The site showcases the life of soldiers and yeomen farmers of the period.

Bennett Place Historic Site is located at 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham, and is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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