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Brass spur recovered from the Bentonville, NC Battlefield, possibly struck


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This is another interesting piece being offered, it is what appears to be a regulation Civil War Union brass spur. As seen in the pictures, it is mangled, possibly battle damaged. It was recovered at the Bentonville, North Carolina battlefield.

The Battle of Bentonville was fought March 19 – 21 in Bentonville, North Carolina, near the town of Four Oaks. It was the last battle between the armies of Union General William T. Sherman and Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston.

As the right wing of Sherman's army under command of General Oliver O. Howard marched toward Goldsboro, the left wing under command of General Henry W. Slocum encountered the entrenched men of Johnston's army. On the first day of the battle, the Confederates attacked the XIV Corps and routed two divisions, but the rest of Sherman's army defended its positions successfully.

The next day, as Sherman sent reinforcements to the battlefield and expected Johnston to withdraw, only minor sporadic fighting occurred. On the third day, as skirmishing continued, the division of General Joseph A. Mower followed a path into the Confederate rear and attacked. The Confederates were able to repulse the attack as Sherman ordered Mower back to connect with his own Corp. Johnston elected to withdraw from the battlefield that night.

Because of the overwhelming Union strength and the heavy casualties his army suffered in the battle, Johnston surrendered to Sherman little more than a month later at Bennett Place, near Durham Station. Coupled with Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender on April 9, Johnston's surrender represented the effective end of the war.

Although the spur is twisted, it is still in solid condition. No doubt if a soldier was wearing this spur when it got damaged, he probably lost a leg. A great conversation piece, especially when you know exactly where it came from.

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