Near Baldwyn in Prentiss County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Brice's Cross Roads
Confederate Victory — Pursuit of the Union
"(At the Cross Roads), in conjunction with the artillery, we maintained our position for more than two hours, a regular stand-up fight,…the enemy making charge after charge in front, only to be driven back by volleys of grape, canister, and musketry. …my command fighting until almost surrounded, the enemy within twenty steps of our guns, we were the last to leave the field that day." —Lt. Col. Andrew W. Rodgers, 81st Illinois Vol. Inf.
The Union defense at the Cross Roads was broken by repeated Confederate charges and by Colonel Barteau's flanking movement and threat to gain the Union rear. "The steady advance of my men and the concentrated, well-directed, and rapid fire from my batteries…threw (the Union) back, and the retreat or rout began." (Forrest)
The 72nd Ohio infantry, the 6th Indiana artillery, and several companies of
"Before reaching Tishomingo Creek the road was so blockaded with abandoned vehicles of every description that it was difficult to move the artillery forward. Ordering up my horses, they were mounted and the pursuit was then continued and the enemy were driven until dark. He attempted the destruction of his wagons, loaded with ammunition and bacon, but so closely was he pursued that many of them were saved without injury, although the road was lighted for some distance."
"…In the bottom on the south prong of the Hatchie (River) they had abandoned the balance of their wagon train, all their wounded, and 14 pieces of artillery."
"On reaching the town of Ripley, about 8 a.m., the enemy was found in line of battle…and at the first appearance of additional forces he again retreated,…and from this place to the end of their pursuit the enemy offered no organized resistance, but retreated in the most complete disorder, throwing their guns, clothing, and everything calculated to impede his flight."
"This victory may be justly considered one of the most complete of the war, and for it I feel indebted to the valor of my troops…" —Maj. Gen. Nathan B. Forrest, C.S. Army
Location. 34° 30.694′ N, 88° 43.886′ W. Marker is near Baldwyn, Mississippi, in Prentiss County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 370 0.4 miles west of Bethany Road (State Highway 370), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The Tishomingo Overlook Road is a short park road that ends at a parking area and overlook (Auto Tour Stop 7). The marker is near the start of the Log Cabin Trail, a battlefield trail which leads northeast from the overlook following an old farm road trace. Marker is in this post office area: Baldwyn MS 38824, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Artillery at Log Cabin Ridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Terrain and Landscape (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Brice's Cross Roads (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Wagon Train (within shouting distance of this marker); General Barteau's Flank Movement (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tishomingo Creek Bridge (about 500 feet away); Chief Tishomingo (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Tishomingo Creek Bridge (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baldwyn.
More about this marker. The marker includes a map which shows the progress of Forrest's Confederates as they pushed the Federals from the Crossroads to the bridge.
Also see . . .
1. Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site. National Park Service (Submitted on March 7, 2014.)
2. The Battle of Brice's Crossroads. Civil War Trust (Submitted on March 7, 2014.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2014, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 516 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on March 12, 2014, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2014, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. 3. submitted on September 27, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.