Brice Cross Roads
National Battlefield Site
Battle of Brice Cross Roads, fought on June 10, 1864, was one of the many
cavalry battles that established C.S. General Nathan Bedford Forrest as one the
greatest and most controversial mounted cavalry leaders to come out of the Civil
War. Early in his famous Atlanta Campaign, U.S. General William Sherman
sent U.S. General Samuel Sturgis to defend his supply line, a one track railroad
that traveled across Tennessee into Georgia and supplied Sherman's great
army. Sherman was worried about the safety of the line, and rightly
so. C.S. General Nathan Bedford Forrest, already made famous for his
daring cavalry attacks, was based in North-eastern Mississippi and had begun to
attempt to disturb the flow of supplies east.
Brice Cross Roads National Battlefield Site is located in North-eastern Mississippi, between the towns of Corinth and Tupelo. It is located off of Route 45 in the town of Baldwyn.
Brice Cross Roads National Battlefield Site is one of the smallest battlefields owned by the National Park Service. The 1-acre National Battlefield Site is administered by the Natchez Trace Parkway, and includes a monument to the Union and Confederate dead, two cannons, and an informatory panel explaining the battle. Fortunately, there is much more to see at this site. The Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites (APCWS) owns more than 800 acres of the battlefield, which are split into two sections, each containing a short walking tour with informatory markers and excellent views. Another extra at this battlefield is a very old and decrepit cemetery containing many graves dating back to before and during the war. Towards the back of the cemetery are several unmarked graves of Confederate soldiers who died in battle. Next to them is a stone block with the simple inscription of "1864."