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Near West Point in Clay County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Battle of Ellis Bridge

 
 
The Battle of Ellis Bridge Monument (Front) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 25, 2017
1. The Battle of Ellis Bridge Monument (Front)
Inscription.  
Front
In memory of
those who fought to
liberate West Point
Feb. 21, 1864
Their actions resulted
in victory against
a vastly superior
Federal army. Their
bravery will always
be remembered.

Rear
Confederate Forces Engaged
February 21st. 1864

Forrest's Cavalry Corps
Maj. Gen. Nathan B. Forrest, Cmdg.
Gen. Forrest's Escort Co.,
Lt. Thomas S. Tate, Cmdg.

Brig. Gen. Chalmers' Division

2nd Brigade
Col. Robert McCullouch, Cmdg.
2nd Missouri Regt.
Willis's Texas Btln.
Faulkner's Kentucky Regt.
Keizer's Tennessee Btln.
Chalmers's Btln.
2nd Arkansas Regt.

4th Brigade
Col. Jeffery E. Forrest, Cmdg.
5th Mississippi Regt.
3rd Mississippi Regt.
McDonald's Btln.
McQuirk's Regt. Duff's Mississippi Btln.
7th Tennessee Regt.

Artillery
Morton's Battery
Hoole's Battery

 
Erected 1994 by Possum Town Reenactors, Inc.
 
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is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil. A significant day of the year for for this entry is May 31.
 
Location. 33° 36.448′ N, 88° 43.754′ W. Marker is near West Point, Mississippi, in Clay County. Memorial is on Mississippi Route 50 west of Hillside Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Point MS 39773, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mary Holmes College (approx. 3˝ miles away); Waverley (approx. 4.1 miles away); West Point (approx. 4.7 miles away); Indian Camp Ground (approx. 4.7 miles away); Prehistoric Indian Burial Mound (approx. 4.7 miles away); Howlin' Wolf (approx. 4.8 miles away); Chickasaw Burial Ground (approx. 4.8 miles away); Clay County World War I Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
 
More about this marker. This monument is located about 1.1 miles west of the bridge (location of battle). The monument was placed here because it was the only place that land could be obtained to erect it.
 
The Battle of Ellis Bridge Monument (Rear) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 25, 2017
2. The Battle of Ellis Bridge Monument (Rear)
Battle of Ellis Bridge probable location. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 25, 2017
3. Battle of Ellis Bridge probable location.
The current bridge (a little over 1 mile from monument) at Chuquatonchee Creek (known as Sakatonchee Creek during the Civil War). The original wartime Ellis Bridge crossed at this exact location but the actual location of the battle is currently not known. The battle did take place at or very near this location along the creek crossing. This bridge is about three miles west of West Point on Highway 50. This view is looking East towards West Point.
View of monument well off the highway. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 25, 2017
4. View of monument well off the highway.
Organizations that maintain the monument. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 25, 2017
5. Organizations that maintain the monument.
View from monument west on Highway 50. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 25, 2017
6. View from monument west on Highway 50.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,163 times since then and 278 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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