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James and Nancy Bennitt: Yeoman Farmers of the Old South


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James and Nancy Bennitt were yeoman farmers, the largest white farming class in the Old South. The choice of their farm by Civil War Generals Sherman and Johnston as a place to arrange the surrender of Johnston's troops has kept their name and home alive, while thousands of similar farmers slipped into obscurity. Bennett Place State Historic Site outside Durham preserves the historic moment and, through Bennitt's papers, a look at what a yeoman farm was like between 1839 and 1849.
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