Bennett Place has an extensive collection of artifacts which share the stories of the Bennett Family and the final weeks of the American Civil War. Here, visitors will be able to see the real history.
The museum gallery is currently going through a new development design which will be unveiled in April 2013. However, the museum continues to be open during this time.
Please click on one of the featured artifacts below to see a larger image.
This parole slip was issued May 1, 1865 in Greensboro to Private W.L. Allison, 1st North Carolina Junior Reserves.
He entered Confederate military service as a major. During his heavily engaged military career he had several horses shot out from under him. At the end of the war prior to Appomattox Court House, General Grimes was promoted to Major General by General Robert E. Lee. He was the last Confederate officer to be promoted to this rank.
After the war Grimes returned to his plantation of Grimesland in eastern North Carolina where he was later bushwacked riding toward his home.
The cape is made of wool and decorated with small staff officer buttons. This piece along with other personal effects of the general were donated by the family to the state of North Carolina. Other objects can be viewed at the North Carolina Museum of History.
J.(indecipherable letter) WELLS
G. W. Wells and Brothers, a Charlottesville, Virgina company made this artificial limb for J.T. Gregory of North Carolina in 1865.
Lt. General John Bell Hood (Confederate Army) is known to have worn a similar leg made by this manufacturer after his right leg was amputated due to his injuries he suffered at the Battle of Chickamauga.
James Bennitt Was Born
July the 11th 1806 ____
and Was married to Nancy his
Wife May the 23rd 1831 ____
Note that the Bennett's spelled their last name Bennitt before the meeting of Sherman and Johnston. The press misspelled the family name and the Bennett spelling was adopted by the Bennetts.
This desk was used by Capt. Orange Sackett, Jr., quartermaster of the 136th New York State Volunteers of William Tecumseh Sherman's Army of the Cumberland.