Tupelo National Battlefield in Tupelo, MS
PHOTO CREDIT: Woodie Knight
Learn about Tupelo’s role in the Civil War at Tupelo National Battlefield, a one-acre preservation of the original battlefield where the final war conflict in Mississippi occurred on July 14,1864.
While development has overtaken most of the original battlefield, the preserved area is where, over the course of two days, the Union army fought to regain ground lost earlier at the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads. It was here that Stephen D. Lee and Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest led the nearly 8,000-man Confederate cavalry into an intense struggle. Almost 2,000 soldiers lost their lives.
The historical landmark was established at the site in 1929. It includes a large monument, two cannons, and a map explaining the progression of the battle. It is open to the public for no charge, year round, until sunset each day.
Located less than 10 miles off the Natchez Trace Parkway, close to milepost 266, it makes for a great pit stop for sightseers traveling the route. While the landmark does not have rangers or facilities, the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor’s center is just six miles north of the battlefield.
Learn more about the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tupelo, MS.