(September 19th, 1862)
the summer of 1862, Confederate forces located in the area around the
Mississippi River began devising a plan to re-capture the state of Kentucky for
the Confederacy. In early September, C.S. General Braxton Bragg, the
commander of the Confederate troops in the region, ordered C.S. General Sterling
Price and his 14,000 strong Army of the West to begin the march towards
Nashville. Another Confederate army, under the command of General Earl Van
Dorn, left middle Mississippi around the same time and began the march north
Portions of the Iuka Battlefield are located in North-eastern Mississippi, 20 miles south-east of Corinth, near the border between Mississippi and Alabama. The Cemetery is located off of a minor road in the town.
Iuka Battlefield consists only of a few spots marked on the official guide to the Corinth Campaign, which can be acquired at the main Visitor's Center in Corinth, Mississippi. Few of these stops on the driving tour contain anything of note, besides a road-side marker or two located in and around the town. The one exception is a small cemetery which is located off of a minor road in town, and located on the Corinth map. The cemetery contains a mass grave site, where many Confederate soldiers who died in the battle were buried afterwards. Although a visit to this small battlefield would correspond well to the Corinth Campaign driving tour, the site does not warrant a long drive.