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At the Battle of Averasborough, fought in Harnett and Cumberland counties on March 16, 1865, a Union force of about 26,000 was opposed by 5,400 Confederates under the command of General William J. Hardee. Although the Confederates were defeated after a battle of a day and a half, they held Sherman's approaching mammoth army long enough to allow General Joseph J. Johnston to gather his forces for the Battle of Bentonville two days later.
Recall (NoCar F 252 .R43), Vol. 4 Issue 1, June 1998, p11-12, map