Tupelo in Lee County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Tupelo Campaign: Old Town Creek, July 15
The Union infantry began marching north on the morning of July 15, and skirmishers were deployed to cover the withdrawal. In the meantime the cavalry was ordered to lay waste to several miles of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad. Once the withdrawal was discovered, Confederate cavalry pursued and caught up with the Federals that afternoon at Old Town Creek.
An attack by Confederate cavalry and artillery from high ground caught the Union soldiers off guard as they were fording the creek. Federal troops recovered quickly, however and pushed back the attackers. General Abraham Buford's division was completely routed, and General Forrest was shot in the foot. The Confederates pulled back, and the Federals bivouacked here for the night before continuing their return to Memphis.
Smith had not only accomplished his primary mission of keeping Forrest away from Sherman's supply line in Tennessee, he had crippled Forrest's command. The combat effectiveness
"I drove the enemy's rear before me to the creek bottom, with considerable loss.
... The support I was expecting not arriving, and the force of the enemy
being so much superior to my own, I was forced to withdraw."
Confederate general Abraham Buford
Erected by the Civil War Trust.
Location. 34° 18.437′ N, 88° 44.259′ W. Marker is in Tupelo, Mississippi, in Lee County. Marker is on Mt. Vernon Road north of Creely Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3454 Mt. Vernon Road, 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. Tupelo Campaign: Harrisburg July 14 (a few steps from this marker); Tupelo Campaign: Pontotoc Road, July 13 (within shouting distance of this marker); Natchez Trace at Lee County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Town Creek (approx. 0.8 miles away); Chickasaw Village Site (approx. 2 miles Carver School / Desegregation of Schools Across the South (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Green Street Business District / Social Hub (approx. 3.2 miles away); Mayhorn Grocery (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tupelo.
Regarding Tupelo Campaign: Old Town Creek, July 15. Following the repulse near Tupelo July 14, Federal troops moved north and camped at Old Town Creek. The Confederates mounted a surprise attack on the camp July 15, but the Southerners were repulsed. Forrest was wounded during the fight and was kept out of action for three weeks. A 12-acre section of the battlefield has been preserved.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Battle of Tupelo. (Submitted on April 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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