Tupelo National Battlefield Site
(July 14-15, 1863)
the battle of Brice Cross Roads, in June of 1864, famed Confederate General
Nathan Bedford Forrest was free to attack and disrupt the vital supply lines
that were feeding the Union army involved in the Atlanta Campaign further east.
General Sherman ordered U.S. General Andrew Jackson Smith to march from
LaGrange, Tennessee and confront Forrest somewhere in Eastern Mississippi.
By July 13, Smith's 14,000 strong army had begun a march towards Tupelo,
followed closely by the 9,000 man Confederate army, led by C.S. General Stephen
Lee and General Forrest. On July 14th, the Union battle line stretched
almost two miles outside the town of Tupelo.
Tupelo National Battlefield Site is located in the town of Tupelo, off of Route 6 in North-eastern Mississippi.
Tupelo National Battlefield Site is administered by the Natchez Trace Parkway, part of the National Park Service. The small, 1-acre battlefield is not very impressive, but is a nice addition to the surrounding town of Tupelo. The site includes a monument to the Union and Confederate dead, and another monument to the Confederates who died in the battle. Two cannons and an informatory panel are the only other items of interest in this small, largely forgotten battlefield.