Tupelo in Lee County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Tupelo Baptist Church / Kind Treatment for the Wounded
—Heritage Trails Enrichment Program —
As often happened in the middle of Civil War conflict, partisan lines became blurred when the care of wounded soldiers was necessary. A field hospital created by Union troops to treat their soldiers wounded in the engagements along Pontotoc Road was perilously close to the Battle of Tupelo/Harrisburg which broke out in the early morning hours of July 14, 1864. The conflict came so close to the field hospital that there was fear that the patients were in danger of being hit by artillery and small arms fire. The patients were moved to the Tupelo Baptist Church about two miles away from the battle. Across the field of battle another field hospital had been established by the Confederacy on the battleground and at Calhoun Mansion. As the battle came to an end, wounded soldiers from the east side of the battlefield - Confederate and Union troops alike - were taken to Tupelo Baptist Church for care by the Union surgeons who performed amputations and life-saving operations.
In the early hours of July 15, General A.J. Smith made the decision to turn his army north and return to Tennessee. Most of the 505 wounded Union soldiers were loaded into wagons and ambulances for the journey. The surgeons determined
Erected 2015 by the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Location. 34° 15.558′ N, 88° 42.528′ W. Marker is in Tupelo, Mississippi, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of North Church Street and West Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling north on North Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 North Church Street, Tupelo MS 38804, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. In Commemoration of Hernando De Soto (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lee County Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Younger Cabin / Confederate Headquarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tupelo Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Dixie Belle Theater / The March of Discontent (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sit-Ins Led to Civil Rights Act of 1964 / F.W. Woolworth (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tupelo Hardware (approx. 0.3 miles away); Robins Field / High School Football During Segregation (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tupelo.
More about this marker. Part of the Tupelo Civil War Trail and the 11th overall marker in the Heritage Trails Enrichment Program.
Also see . . . Tupelo Baptist Church marker unveiled. (Submitted on April 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Science & Medicine • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.