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Near Okolona in Chickasaw County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Battle of Okolona

 
 
Battle of Okolona Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2017
1. Battle of Okolona Marker
Inscription.  On February 22, 1864, Col. Jeffrey Forrest, commanding a Confederate cavalry brigade, was killed in action in this vicinity, near the extinct town of Prairie Mount. Born in 1838, Forrest was the younger brother of Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, commander of the Confederate forces at Okolona. First buried in Aberdeen, Forrest's body was later moved to Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis. Lt. Col. James A. Barksdale, 5th Mississippi Cavalry, also died from wounds received during the battle.
 
Erected 2006 by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 22, 1864.
 
Location. 34° 3.156′ N, 88° 49.868′ W. Marker is near Okolona, Mississippi, in Chickasaw County. Marker is on Mississippi Route 41, 0.9 miles north of Old Highway 41 (Road 133), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Okolona MS 38860, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Monroe Mission Station (approx. 2.6 miles away); Hernando de Soto (approx. 3.1 miles away); Chickasaw Agency (approx. 4˝ miles away); Okolona College (approx. 5 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Okolona (approx. 5 miles away); Tockshish (approx. 5.1 miles away); William Colbert's Last Homesite (approx. 5.3 miles away); Owl Creek Mounds (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Okolona.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on the Battle of Okolona. (Submitted on April 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Civil War Talk on Colonel Jeffrey Forrest. (Submitted on April 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Nearby Civil War Battlefield property purchased by the Mississippi Legislature. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2017
2. Nearby Civil War Battlefield property purchased by the Mississippi Legislature.
The view north on Highway 41, battlefield near the automobile. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2017
3. The view north on Highway 41, battlefield near the automobile.
View south on Mississippi Route 41. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2017
4. View south on Mississippi Route 41.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 798 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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