Tupelo National Battlefield

Description

Located close to the Natchez Trace Parkway in northeastern Mississippi, the town of Tupelo was the site of a skirmish between Union and Confederate troops in 1864. By July, Union General Sherman had established protected rail lines that were to supply his troops along their march to the sea. Confederate troops attacked, hoping to cut this supply line. Union forces held the railroad, but their lack of food and water eventually forced them to fall back. Also exhausted by the summer's heat, the Confederates didn't pursue. The two-day battle ended ultimately in a draw. But the Union objective had been achieved, and Sherman's supply line in eastern Tennessee remained open. A granite monument now commemorates this battle at Tupelo National Battlefield site. What to see and do. Tupelo National Battlefield is a quick stop during your visit to the greater Tupelo area. At the one-acre battlefield memorial within the city limits, you can pick up information pamphlets. For more information about the Tupelo area, go to the Tupelo Visitor Center at milepost 266 on the Natchez Trace Parkway or contact the Natchez Trace Parkway at 800-305-7417. You won't find the extensive array of activities that other battlefield sites offer because this battle was small compared to other engagements. Nevertheless, it was crucial to eventual Union victory. The site asks visitors to think about the strategy involved in a greater campaign, a strategy that sometimes involves skirmishes equally as important as days-long battles like Gettysburg. Tupelo National Battlefield is located at Monument Street and Main Street (Hwy 6) just two miles east of the parkway, off the Hwy 6 exit.

Address

2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804

Lat/Long

34.33098000, -88.71010200
Visit Website
(662) 680-4025

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