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Tupelo in Lee County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Battle of Tupelo

The Western Campaign, 1864

 
 
Battle of Tupelo  The Western Campaign , 1864 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
1. Battle of Tupelo The Western Campaign , 1864
Inscription. In the summer of 1864, General Forrest's hard hitting troops in Northern Mississippi threatened the supplies of General Sherman's campaign against Atlanta. Therefore, General A. J. Smith marched 14,000 Union troops against Forrest. He reached Tupelo despite harassing attacks and took positions here. A Confederate force of about 10,000 under General Stephen D. Lee, with Forrest commanding the right wing, attacked fiercely and repeatedly from the west throughout July 14, but could not penetrate the Union defense. The next day, Smith withdrew his command to the north and returned in good order to Memphis. The pressure on Sherman's flank had been reduced.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 34° 15.336′ N, 88° 44.207′ W. Marker is in Tupelo, Mississippi, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 278) and Monument Drive, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tupelo MS 38804, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Battle of Tupelo (within shouting distance of this marker); Chickasaw Village Site
Battle of Tupelo Map image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 30, 2015
2. Battle of Tupelo Map
This is displayed in a wayside exhibit at the Tupelo National Battlefield.
(approx. 1.6 miles away); The Younger Cabin / Confederate Headquarters (approx. 1.8 miles away); Tupelo Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. 1.8 miles away); Elvis Presley and Tupelo (approx. 2 miles away); Shake Rag Community (approx. 2.1 miles away); Shake Rag (approx. 2.2 miles away); Elvis Presley's Childhood Church (approx. 3.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tupelo.
 
Regarding Battle of Tupelo. Tupelo National Battlefield (NB) is a one-acre monument located on Main Street, Tupelo, Mississippi. Main Street in Tupelo is also known as Highway 6 and Highway 278. Tupelo NB sits on the south side of Main Street on the west side of Tupelo. Exit off the Natchez Trace Parkway onto Highway 6 (near Milepost 260), head east, into Tupelo. Travel one mile east and find Tupelo NB on the right side of Main Street. There is limited parking available adjacent to the monument.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Battle of Tupelo by Markers.
 
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The Western Campaign, 1864 image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 30, 2015
3. The Western Campaign, 1864
A map and text explaining the campaign

1. Tupelo Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 31, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. The Battle of Tupelo,. Fought within the limits of the modern city of Tupelo, the critical engagement helped assure the success of Sherman's Atlanta Campaign by diverting the attention of the Confederacy's "Wizard of the Saddle," Nathan Bedford Forrest. (Submitted on January 21, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional keywords. USCT, U.S. Colored Troops
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Tupelo National Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 29, 2008
4. Tupelo National Battlefield
Tupelo National Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, January 99
5. Tupelo National Battlefield
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,733 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   5. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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