JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. --The largest Civil War battle fought in North Carolina was at Bentonville. It happened over three days in March of 1865. When it ended, there were over 4,000 casualties.
Today, you’ll find several monuments commemorating that fight. Including some for the Confederate soldiers who fought there.
Discussing Civil War history is very complex right now. After recent protests, a number of Confederate monuments and statues have been removed or torn down.
We wanted to see how people feel about that and their thoughts on Southern history.
"Even to say that all the South was on board with the Confederacy is missing the boat," says Professor Robert D. Taber of Fayetteville State University. "North Carolina was the last to join the insurgency. The first time it was voted on, the white men who could vote, voted it down."
Professor Taber also says another redefinition is also happening, about the stereotypical views that many people have of who southerners are. He says all races and people are part of southern heritage.
At the Civil War Battlefield of Bentonville, efforts to remove statues associated with the Confederacy are concerning to some.
"What are we proving in that point? It's still destruction," say visitor Angela Walton.
Walton says, instead of the removal of monuments, she would like to see more, along with statues built to give a fuller account of Southern History, explaining it with all its complexity.