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Iuka in Tishomingo County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Woodall Mountain

Highest Point in Mississippi

 

806 Feet

 
Woodall Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 6, 2017
1. Woodall Mountain Marker
Inscription.
According to tradition, Woodall Mountain was called Yaw Hill or Yaw Mountain before 1898. It was renamed for Zaphaniah H. Woodall, who was the sheriff of Tishomingo County when, in 1887, the first Tishomingo County Courthouse at Iuka, along with the county records, burned down. It is suspected that the fire was started to destroy evidence in a murder case.
On September 19, 1862, the Union Army of the Mississippi, commanded by Major General William S. Rosecrans, and the Confederate Army of the West, commanded by Major General Sterling Price, fought a fierce and bloody battle approximately 1½ miles SW of Iuka. During the battle, nearly one-third of those engaged fell. The Battle of Iuka took place in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Hwy 72/State Route 25 interchange. Because of the wide views afforded at the summit, it is likely that Woodall Mountain was used as an observation post by both armies during their early days in the region. The armies met again on October 3-4, 1862 during the battle for control of the railroad junction at Corinth, approximately 22 miles WNW of Iuka. Some Civil War historians believe that the defeats suffered by the Confederate Army at Iuka and Corinth forever turned the tide of war against the Confederacy.

History provided as a courtesy of Don Holms.

This plaque placed by the
Woodall Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 6, 2017
2. Woodall Mountain Marker
Highpointers Club
with Funding from the Highpionters Foundation
October 9, 2010

 
Location. 34° 47.266′ N, 88° 14.499′ W. Marker is in Iuka, Mississippi, in Tishomingo County. Marker is on Woodall Mountain Road (County Highway 185). Touch for map. Marker is located at the end of Woodall Mountain Road, at the summit of the mountain. Marker is in this post office area: Iuka MS 38852, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Iuka (approx. 2 miles away); The 11th Ohio Battery (approx. 2 miles away); Brig. Gen. Henry Little (approx. 2.5 miles away); Patriot William Gray (approx. 2.5 miles away); Iuka Normal (approx. 3.1 miles away); "Twin Magnolias" (approx. 3.3 miles away); Old Tishomingo County Courthouse (approx. 3.3 miles away); Iuka (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iuka.
 
Also see . . .  Account of the battle from the Civil War Trust. (Submitted on July 17, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Woodall Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 6, 2017
3. Woodall Mountain Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 17, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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