In order to make the most effective use of the time your students have on-site, teachers should make arrangements to have their class view the Bentonville Battlefield orientation program prior to their arrival. This will not only give your students important historical information ahead of their visit but will also allow time for more hands-on experience at the site. The video is available on the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources YouTube Channel.
Students should read the chapters of The North Carolina Civil War Experience on The Road to Secession which offers details on slavery in North Carolina, and North Carolina as a Civil War Battlefield which will give vital background information on the Battle of Bentonville.
Students should read the Site Narratives provided in this unit which describe the Battle of Bentonville and its significance during the war as well as details about the Harper family and how the battle impacted their lives.
Teachers may use the Supplemental Lesson Plan: Battle of Bentonville, the Supplemental Lesson Plan: Slavery in Bentonville or the Supplemental TwHP lesson on Caring for Casualties of the Civil War as pre-visit activities or as stand-alone classroom lessons. Classes preparing for a field trip to the site should familiarize themselves with the Site Map and the Glossary of Terms prior to their visit.