Rebels Outnumber Union Soldiers At NC Re-enactment

If the Confederates had had these numbers, the war may have ended differently.

More than 3,500 Civil War re-enactors filled a field Saturday to re-create the largest and last major Civil War battle in North Carolina.

The event happens every five years on the anniversary of the 3-day battle that saw a small Confederate force led by Gen. Joseph Johnston overwhelmed by more than 60,000 of U.S. Gen. William Sherman's troops as the war came to a close in 1865.

This weekend, however, Southern soldiers outnumbered the Northern contingent 2-to-1 at the battle of Bentonville.

It's a recurring problem for Southern Civil War re-enactments. Northern reenactment regiments have to travel a lot farther to get to these events and few Southerners want to play a Yankee.

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