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Selected Bibliography

Books marked by an asterisk are available in the Visitors Center gift shop at the prices listed.

Primary Sources (included in the Supplemental Lesson Plans)

Mary F. Hatcher nee Mary Harper. Reminiscences of the Battle of Bentonville: An Address Given to the A.M. Waddell Chapter of the UDC. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Department of Archives and History.

Mary Harper was the fourteen year old daughter of John and Amy Harper at the time of the Battle of Bentonville. Mary was the only Harper family member to leave a first hand account of what happened in the house during the battle. Although no date is given, it is clear that this address was presented many years after the battle, so some things in her account may unfortunately be exaggerated or perhaps misremembered.

The Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860.

The 1850 and 1860 censuses were unique in that they contained "slaves schedules," documenting the amount of slaves and slave houses that individual slave owners possessed. The attached pages show both John Harper's three slaves and Willis Cole's more than twenty.

The United States War Department. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1-Volume XLVII in Three Parts. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1895.

Volume XLVII of the Official Records details the Carolinas Campaign. The attached correspondence from the Official Records are the only mention of the Harper House, and they refer to the Confederate wounded soldiers that were left behind by the Union doctors after the battle.


Secondary Sources:

*Barrett, John G. North Carolina as a Civil War Battleground 1861-1865. Raleigh, NC: Division of Archives and History Department of Cultural Resources, 2003. ($8.95)

Essentially an abridgment of Barrett's epic The Civil War in North Carolina. The final chapter of North Carolina as a Civil War Battleground 1861-1865 covers the Carolinas Campaign and the Battle of Bentonville.

Dammann, Gordon. A Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment: Three Volumes. Missoula, MT: Pictoral Histories Publishing Company, 1983.

A photographic collection of Civil War medical tools, Dammann's book is great for younger readers because there are no graphic photos of Civil War operations as there are in many other medical picture histories.

*Jordan Jr., Weymouth T. The Battle of Bentonville. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 1999. ($4.00)

A 35-page book intended for those with little background on Bentonville and the Civil War. Full of photos, maps, and illustrations, perfect for junior readers.

*Moore, Mark A. Moore's Historical Guide to the Battle of Bentonville. Campbell CA: Savas Publishing Company, 1997. ($12.95)

Unlike its weighty companion piece, Mark Bradley's Bentonville, Moore's Historical Guide to the Battle of Bentonville may seem less daunting to younger readers because its focus is maps instead of text. Moore's Guide is great for tracing the ebb and flow of battle for visual learners.


Secondary (advanced readers):

*Adams, George W. Doctors in Blue: The Medical History of the Union Army in the Civil War. Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press, 1952. ($18.10)

As the title suggests, Adam's Doctors in Blue is the ultimate study of the Union Medical Corps during the Civil War. Although not specific to Bentonville, Doctors in Blue gives a good description for a Union field hospital such as the Harper House.

*Bradley, Mark L. Last Stand in the Carolinas: The Battle of Bentonville. Mason City, IA: Savas Publishing Company, 1996. ($27.95)

At over 500 pages, Bradley's Bentonville is the ultimate in-depth study of the battle. The book is illustrated with maps from Moore's Historical Guide to the Battle of Bentonville.

*Hughes Jr., Nathaniel C. Bentonville: The Final Battle of Sherman and Johnston. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 1996. ($21.30)

Hughes' Bentonville is a sweeping narrative of the Battle of Bentonville. Slightly shorter then the Bradley book, The Final Battle of Sherman and Johnston focuses less on Carolinas Campaign and is more a tactical account of the battle.

Teaching With Historic Places Lesson Plans. "The Battle of Bentonville: Caring for Casualties of the Civil War."

Interactive website with lesson plans, information, pictures, and maps of the Battle of Bentonville.

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