Tupelo National Battlefield. Basic information for visitors to the Tupelo National Battlefield

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Tupelo National Battlefield. Basic information for visitors to the Tupelo National Battlefield In northeastern Mississippi, in Tupelo

Tupelo National Battlefield

In northeastern Mississippi, in Tupelo

 

The Battle of Tupelo, which was part of a larger strategy by General William Tecumseh Sherman to protect his railroad supply line, occurred on July 13 and 14, 1864, when Federal troops under General A. J. Smith fought Confederate soldiers under General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Both sides also battled the heat that ultimately forced the Federal retreat. A monument marks the event, and the park is dotted with old cannons and interpretive placards. The 1-acre Tupelo National Battlefield Site was established in 1929, transferred to the Park Service in 1933, and redesignated in 1961.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Visiting site and monument. Facilities: Interpretive signs. Tips & Hints: Busiest in Apr. and Oct., least crowded Dec. and Jan.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

See Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site.

 

FEES & HOURS

Free. Park open daily 24 hrs.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

In Tupelo via Rte. 6, 1.3 mi west of intersection with U.S. 45 and 1 mi east of Natchez Trace Pkwy. Closest airports: Tupelo (4 mi), Memphis, TN (100 mi).

 

CONTACTS

Tupelo National Battlefield (c/o Natchez Trace Parkway, 2680 Natchez Trace Pkwy., Tupelo, MS 38804, tel. 601/680-4025 or 800/305-7417,). Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau (399 E. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804, tel. 662/841-6521).

Tupelo National Battlefield. Basic information for visitors to the Tupelo National Battlefield In northeastern Mississippi, in Tupelo