Near Baldwyn in Lee County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Tishomingo Creek Bridge
The rains of the previous several days had raised the water level of the deeply banked creek, making it very difficult to cross without using the bridge. Panicked soldiers and horses in full retreat attempted to swim across; many crossed successfully, but others were swept away by the rushing waters of the swollen creek.
In 1953 some local residents discovered human remains in the Tishomingo creekbed, less than 100 yards from this spot. The partial skeleton is most likely that of a Union soldier who fought at the Battle of Brice's Crossroads, and was found with a pocket watch and the rusted remnants of an Army canteen and rifle. The bones are now interred alongside other Civil War soldiers in the Bethany Cemetery.
Bottom Quote: "The creek banks at the bridge were very high, and many men jumped into the swift stream below, taking their chances at getting across without being drowned or killed by the incessant fire from Morton's Artillery on the bank." Captain John W. Morton, Artillery Chief, Forrest's Cavalry
Center Photograph: Grapevine Bridge over the Chickahominy River in Virginia, built by the 5th New Hampshire Infantry, May 1862. Photographed by D. B. Woodbury. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Civil War Photographs
Top Right Photograph: Tishomingo Creek, 1921. Photographed by S. A. Murff. Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Bottom Right Map: Bridge Location. The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War. David Rumsey Map Collection
Location. 34° 30.7′ N, 88° 44.007′ W. Marker is near Baldwyn, Mississippi, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from Ripley Road (County Route 370) half a mile west of Bethany Road (County Route 370), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is in a small park with parking lot at the Tishomingo Creek Bridge. It is designated as part of Stop 7 of the Brice's Crossroads Auto Tour. Marker is in this post office area: Baldwyn MS 38824, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chief Tishomingo (a few steps from this marker); Spoils of War (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Tishomingo Creek Bridge General Barteau's Flank Movement (about 300 feet away); Terrain and Landscape (about 500 feet away); Union Wagon Train (about 500 feet away); Artillery at Log Cabin Ridge (about 500 feet away); Brice's Cross Roads (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baldwyn.
More about this marker. The park contains a replica civil war-era bridge at the same location as the original Tishomingo Creek bridge.
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry for the Battle of Brices Crossroads. (Submitted on December 17, 2012, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2012, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 17, 2012, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. 5. submitted on December 3, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.