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The Bennett Place

By cbrundage  
(I took this photo about 5 years ago.)
Everyone thinks of the surrender at Appomattox as the end of the Civil War but there was an even larger army that surrendered shortly afterwards which was the true end of the war, which cost 620,000 American lives.

"This simple farmhouse was situated between Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's headquarters in Greensboro, and Union Gen. William T. Sherman's headquarters in Raleigh. In April 1865, the two commanders met at the Bennett Place, where they signed surrender papers for Southern armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. It was the largest troop surrender of the American Civil War."

Many of the generals on both sides had trained together at West Point and were friends. A touching moment at Gen. Sherman's funeral - "When Sherman died, Johnston served as an honorary pallbearer at his funeral; during the procession in New York City on February 19, 1891, he kept his hat off as a sign of respect in the cold, rainy weather. Someone with concern for the old general's health asked him to put on his hat, to which Johnston replied "If I were in his place and he were standing here in mine, he would not put on his hat." He caught a cold that day, which developed into pneumonia, and he died several weeks later in Washington, D.C."

Thank you so much for the UAs, Dave, Peter,Ronnie and Len1950!

Tags: Digitally manipulated American civil war

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Comments


terryxc 7 7 England
9 Jan 2016 2:43AM
Superb historical image...

Terry.

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cbrundage 7 4 United States
9 Jan 2016 3:55AM
Thank you so much, Terry. There are several outbuildings there you can go in that have been preserved.
tonyguitar Plus
8 77 37 Canada
9 Jan 2016 4:13AM
A dream treatment for this traditional early American iconic homestead. Looks great! TG
9 Jan 2016 4:17AM
Wonderful tones and superbly processed, also enjoyed reading the account of events.Smile
NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2016 5:03AM
An interesting and informative narrative, supported by a wonderful image with a pleasing feel about it.

Thanks for sharing Christina.

Regards as always NathanGrinGrinGrin
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
9 Jan 2016 5:08AM
Excellent!
ddolfelin Plus
8 103 3 Wales
9 Jan 2016 6:35AM
This is a truly wonderful picture, Christina.
Good write-up too.
Didn't know about the hat business.
9 Jan 2016 9:49AM
Fascinating historical write-up, Christina, and what a wonderfully processed picture! Top work.

Dave Wink
cbrundage 7 4 United States
9 Jan 2016 11:32AM
Thank you all so much! My father was an historian and I grew up with lots of military history, especially the Civil War and WWII. When I was a child and lived in Washington, DC, we used to visit a number of the battlefields on the weekends which made a huge impression on me.
9 Jan 2016 11:48AM
An excellent image nice processing.
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
9 Jan 2016 12:18PM
A beautifully composed and balanced image and so effectively and sympathetically presented given the history associated with the subject: very nicely done, Christina.
R.
PranavMishra 7 52 18 India
9 Jan 2016 3:12PM
almost a painting..

beautiful, Christina..
cbrundage 7 4 United States
9 Jan 2016 4:07PM
Thank you all! The Bennett Place is only a short ride from where I am and it had a lot of educational material there.
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
9 Jan 2016 8:18PM
Looks an appropriate place for a surrender to be signed---considering who was signing-------

A very special image, like how you have made it timeless!
cbrundage 7 4 United States
9 Jan 2016 8:22PM
Thanks, Jenn. I'm glad they kept the place up. Maybe because it is a surrender site in a Southern state, they certainly don't advertise it much!!!
xwang 11 56 8
11 Jan 2016 11:41AM
A beautiful shot and wonderful a moving story..
cbrundage 7 4 United States
11 Jan 2016 12:30PM
Thanks, Jasmine. There wasn't any real fighting just around this part of North Carolina, but the Southerners remember it well.
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2016 6:11PM
an interesting write up

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