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Tupelo in Lee County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Town Creek Tupelo Encampment / Camp Life in Tupelo

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, April 7, 2017
1. Town Creek Tupelo Encampment Marker
Inscription.
Town Creek Tupelo Encampment

Throughout the Civil War, the Tupelo area was ideal for large numbers of troops to camp, train and recuperate from sickness, wounds and fatigue. There was an abundance of clean water and of billy land was covered with trees that provided shade, wood for shelter and campfires. Typically, 10,000 Confederate troops camped in and around Tupelo as sufficient number of troops were needed to protect railroad tracks, bridges and trestles from raiding Union troops intent on disrupting supply and troop movement. The troops also protected farms from continued Union attempts to and storehouses. Twice the Confederate Army withdrew to Tupelo with huge concentrations of troops, over 60,000 soldiers camped on both sides of Town Creek on the hills overlooking the creek after the fall of Corinth in May 1862. General Hood bad over 20,000 troops here after the Confederate defeat at the Battle of Nashville in 1865. One soldier's description told of looking across the hills and seeing thousands of campfires flickering in the night as the men prepared evening meals and huddled around the fires for warmth.

Camp Life in Tupelo

Many Confederate soldiers who spent time in the Tupelo camps remembered those days as "good duty." Life here was much easier
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By Mark Hilton, April 7, 2017
2. Camp Life in Tupelo Marker
than in other camps. Located on the northern edge of a fertile farming area known as the "Black Belt," it was capable of producing enough grain, livestock and forage to supply the entire Confederate Army of the West. Therefore, the troops stationed here usually had plenty to eat. Corn was the principal crop and was ground into meal that soldiers used along with their ration of baked bread, salt pork, bacon, peas, molasses, coffee and hardtack. They hunted wild game, caught fish and picked berries that grew in abundance. Tupelo camps were clean. Kitchens were frequently furnished with a small, convenient pit for refuse. Soldiers built ovens, ate together in small squads and slept in canvas flies, ten men to a fly. Overall, Tupelo camps were much better than the soldiers were accustomed to, and, accordingly, troop morale was usually high.
 
Erected 2013 by the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau.
 
Location. 34° 15.762′ N, 88° 40.907′ W. Marker is in Tupelo, Mississippi, in Lee County. Marker is on North Veterans Memorial Boulevard 0.2 miles north of Reese Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: North Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Tupelo MS 38804, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of
Town Creek Tupelo Encampment / Camp Life in Tupelo Marker at Veterans Park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 7, 2017
3. Town Creek Tupelo Encampment / Camp Life in Tupelo Marker at Veterans Park.
this marker, measured as the crow flies. Native American Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birthplace of Elvis Presley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elvis Country (approx. mile away); Elvis Presley's Childhood Church (approx. mile away); Elvis Presley and the Blues (approx. mile away); The Outhouse (approx. mile away); The Tupelo Swamp / Plank Road (approx. 0.9 miles away); Shake Rag (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tupelo.
 
More about this marker. Part of the Tupelo Civil War Trail in the Heritage Trails Enrichment Program.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
View from marker looking south towards the Elvis Presley Birthplace & Park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 7, 2017
4. View from marker looking south towards the Elvis Presley Birthplace & Park.
 
 
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 96 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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