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Fought on March 19-21, 1865, the battle of Bentonville, N.C., was the last time Confederate forces would conduct offensive operations against the Federal army. Joseph E. Johnston combined forces and attempted to stop William T. Sherman's advance through North Carolina.
In March 1865, the Confederate war effort was in shambles. The South had always been outnumbered by the North's manpower and industry. After four years of war, the South simply did not have the men to continue the fight. That was, unless drastic measures were taken.
By March 1865, Judson Kilpatrick had a well-earned reputation as a hard fighter and often reckless leader of Union cavalry. At Monroe's Crossroads, Kilpatrick demonstrated yet another talent which was called Kilpatrick's Shirttail Skedaddle.
After failed efforts in 1864 at Cedar Creek, Jubal Early had been on the shelf, relegated to less important roles in the Confederate war effort. On March 2, 1865, Early suffered another defeat at the hands of Phil Sheridan, who bested Early in what would be the Confederate general's last fight.