Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site


This Union-initiated battle had one objective: to make it impossible for Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest to interfere with General William T. Sherman's railroad supply line from Nashville to Chattanooga during the Atlanta campaign. Union troops marched out of Memphis to hold Forrest in northeast Mississippi. Forrest scored a decisive victory over General S. D. Sturgis' Union forces when they met at Brices Cross Roads on June 10, 1864. The Union lost five men to every Southern casualty and General Forrest's troops managed to capture desperately needed supplies, including guns, ammunition, cannons, and wagons. Ultimately, despite his show of force at Brices Cross Roads, Forrest did not manage to cut off Sherman's supply line and halt his march to the sea. What to see and do: The one-acre Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site is always open, but it has no facilities or scheduled programs except for limited programs during summer weekends. Informative folders are available on site and at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, located at milepost 266 on the Natchez Trace north of Tupelo. Markers and interpretive signs are placed around the field to explain the battle's chronology. Over a hundred Confederate soldiers are buried in the cemetery of nearby Bethany Church. Contact Natchez Trace Parkway, 800-305-7417, for additional visitor information. Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site is located off Hwy 45 and MS Hwy 370 in Baldwyn. The private Brices Cross Roads museum is located in Baldwyn, six miles from the site.


2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38801


34.33098000, -88.71010200
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(662) 680-4025

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