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2015 Spring Junction

in Bentonville, NC
Trail Life USA American Heritage Girls

Joining Together for a Weekend of Historical Fun!

“Photo courtesy of John Gregory Photographic Services”

2015 Spring Junction Bentonville, NC
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What: Fun weekend in Four Oaks NC to see the 150th anniversary of the Bentonville battle. Bentonville was the largest civil war battle fought in NC and one of the last battles of the civil war. This means 1000 re-enactors, 15 to 20 cannons going off, hundreds of black powder rifles and many cavalry horses trampling around a battlefield.

When: March 20, 21 & 22, 2015

Where: Camping at Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, a unique 2,800-acre forest. There are various outdoor activities and environmental education programs available.

Whose invited: This is a family camping trip for Woodlands Trail, Navigators, and Adventurers.

Cost: Troop Masters– register early to ensure your troop gets re-enactment tickets!

(Trail men please register with your troop)

Early Registration ends 11:59 pm, February 15, 2015.  $15.00 per person

Regular Registration: Feb. 16th – March 14th  $20.00 per person

Late Registration begins March 15, 2015  $25.00 per person

Tickets to the re-enactment may sell out; it is important to register early! Includes two nights camping, a re-enactment ticket *, and a patch.

*Re-enactment tickets are not guaranteed with regular and late registration

Environmental Learning Center
6601 Devils Racetrack Road
Four Oaks, NC 27524
Google Maps

From Dunn/South (I-95):
1. Take I-95 North.
2. Take exit number 79 (Benson NC 50 exit).
3. Turn left onto NC 50.
4. Travel approximately 1½ miles and turn left onto Strickland’s Crossroads (SR 1143).
5. Continue for approximately 12¾ miles, crossing NC 96 and US 701, and turn left at the “T” intersection onto Devil’s Racetrack
6. Proceed approximately two-tenths of a mile, going over a bridge. Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center is on the right
about 300 yards off the road in a stand of pine trees.

From Wilson/North (I-95):

1. Take I-95 South.
2. Take exit number 90 (US 701).
3. Turn right onto US 701 and go over I-95.
4. Continue on US 701 for approximately 6.3 miles and turn left onto Stricklands Crossroads (SR 1143).
5. Continue for approximately 3.4 miles and turn left at the “T” intersection onto Devil’s Racetrack Road.
6. Proceed approximately two-tenths of a mile, going over a bridge. Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center is on the right
about 300 yards off the road in a stand of pine trees.

150th Anniversary Bentonville Reenactment
March 20-22 

 Friday March 20, 2015
 3:00 pm  Troops begin arriving at Howell Woods
Check In
 8:00 pm  Trail Mixer & Leaders Meeting
 Saturday March 21, 2015
 7:00 am  Reveille
 7:15 am  Flag
 7:30 am  Cook Breakfast in Camp
 8:00 am  Nav/Adv Depart on hike
Woodlands Environmental Program
 10:30 am  Arrive at battlefield
(various activity tents, crafts, and camps to visit)
(lunch either picnic or concessions at battlefield)
 1:30 pm  get seat for battle
3:00 pm battle
4:00 pm battle over, begin return hike
6:30 pm Arrive back at camp for dinner
7:30 pm Flag
7:45 pm Troop Parade
8:00 pm Campfire
Sunday March 22, 2015
7:30 am Reveille
8:00 am Flag
8:15 am Cook Breakfast in Camp
9:00 am Worship Service
10:00 am Pack up / Check Out
12:00 pm All departed Howell Woods

 Design-a-Patch Contest!

As simple as it says. Come up with a patch design and send us the design. The winner will be announced at the Junction. Deadline: February 15, 2015

Things to think about when designing a patch:

  • Color coordination
  • Meaningful images (logos, wagons, rifles, flags)
  • Keep in mind the size of the patch – 3″ round

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Troop (required)

Upload your patch design! jpg, pdf, png, gif only (500k max)

Troopmasters, If your troop is interested in attending, please submit your information here.  If you don’t know exact head counts yet, please indicate your best estimate.  You will receive a follow up email with the registration link, rules, and further details.  Please register as a troop, not as individual families.  Please ensure that adequate 2-deep leadership is provided at all times and all Trail Life USA Health and Safety Guidelines are followed.

Please email traillifeenc@gmail.com if you do not receive your followup email!

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Number of children ages 9 - 12

Number of children ages 13 - 17

Number of adults 18+


Civil War Education

Carolina’s Campaign: Civil War Talk radio with “Mark Bradley” on the war after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox


General William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea: Ken Burns: Civil War episode 8 “War is Hell” (1865) General Sherman’s march through Georgia and the Carolinas NETFLIX and AMAZON prime OR Another well-known documentary on Sherman’s March, http://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/shermans-march

Slavery: video clip from Ken Burns: Civil War episode 1 “The Cause, 1861” You tube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgKcqNavl3k

Why did men fight in the Civil War? : Audio PODCAST: NPR radio show “Back Story the American History Guys” https://soundcloud.com/backstory/civil-war-150th-why-they-1

Civil war documentary: America The Story of Us 4. Division (History Channel) AMAZON Prime

Civil war documentary: America The Story of Us 5. Civil War (History Channel) AMAZON Prime

The reality of War: Death and The Civil War PBS American experience NETFLIX and AMAZON Prime

The Flag: The Southern Cross: The Story of the Confederacy’s First Battle flag AMAZON Prime

Weapons of the Civil War: Tales of the gun show episode from the Military channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztdnHQGQCEk

North Carolina’s 26th: Gettysburg History Channel documentary “NC 26th was in Picketts charge this regiment had the largest loss of any at Gettysburg Union or Confederate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrK0lTAOp8o

Interesting story after the war: History Detectives “Civil War Sabotage?” PBS streaming site

Movie based on the war: The Red Badge of Courage 1951 rent AMAZON Instant video or You tube

Child’s Civil war based story: Wishbone “A Terrified Terrier” based on the Red Badge of courage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7keiRg5U2s8

Gettysburg Movie: Rent from Library

Abraham Lincoln: Mystery files: Abraham Lincoln NETFLIX

Gettysburg address: Lincoln@Gettysburg AMAZON Prime

Lincoln at the end of the war: Lincoln, 2012 movie rent from AMAZON Instant

Other Civil war history sites: http://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/american-civil-war-history/videos

http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/civil-war-overview/ http://www.nccivilwarcenter.org/ http://www.nccivilwar150.com/history/history.htm http://www.civilwar.org/150th-anniversary/ http://www.ourstate.com/topics/history/civil-war-series/ http://www.impedimentsofwar.org/ http://www.virginiacivilwar.org/ http://www.civilwartraveler.com/EAST/VA/trailsFAQ.html http://civilwar150.si.edu/ http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/primarysources/fourteenth-amendment.html

Books recommended by Dr Gerry Prokopowicz a history professor at East Carolina:

The Golden Book of the Civil War (1961) (Flato and Catton) http://www.amazon.com/The-Golden-Book-Civil-War/dp/B0006AXI80

Across Five Aprils (Irene Hunt) Great book!!

The Civil War (Bruce Catton) Great quick history of the civil war!!

Other books:

Fields of Fury (James McPherson author of Pulitzer Prize winning “Battle Cry of Freedom”)

The Civil War: A Visual History (D&K) http://www.amazon.com/The-Civil-War-Visual-History/dp/075667185X

General Robert F. Hoke, Lee’s Modest Warrior (Daniel Barefoot) http://www.blairpub.com/alltitles/generalrfhoke.htm

This Astounding Close: The Road to Bennett Place (Mark L. Bradley)

Stories of Faith and Courage from the Civil War (Terry Tuley) http://www.amgpublishers.com/main/index.cfm?do=view&subdo=detail&id=323&isbn13=9780899570433

Civil war patrol meeting ideas

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Stories of Faith and Courage from the Civil War

excerpts courtesy of AMG Publishers and Terry Tuley