Baldwyn in Lee County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Brice's Cross Roads
First Main Battle Line (Union)
...I informed (Gen. Sturgis) that I had an advantageous position and could hold it if the infantry was brought up promptly. The enemy advanced upon us in large numbers, with double line of skirmishers and line of battle...
Brig. Gen. B. H. Grierson, Cavalry Division (US)
By noon Forrest had three brigades on the field (Lyon, Johnson and Rucker) and outnumbered the Federal cavalry in front of him. Forrest's first two attacks (a general frontal assault and a second against Waring's left) were repulsed, but his third succeeded in breaching the Union line between Waring's right flank and Winslow's left (immediately southwest of this location). The Union retreated to new positions one quarter mile from the Cross Roads.
The enemy was
Maj. Abial R. Pierce, Fourth Iowa Cavalry
Battle Map Confederate Cavalry converges on Union Cavalry and pushes them towards Brice's Crossroads
Erected by CWPT (Civil War Preservation Trust). (Marker Number B-2.)
Location. 34° 30.434′ N, 88° 43.383′ W. Marker is in Baldwyn, Mississippi, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from Bethany Road (County Road 370) 0.1 miles east of Guntown/Ripley Road (County Road 370), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Interpretive tablet is 1450 feet east of the beginning of a walking trail at Stop 5 of the Brice's Crossroads Auto Tour. The walking trail through Porter's Field parallels Bethany
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tippah, Tishomingo, Pontotoc, Itawamba Intersection (within shouting distance of this marker); Treaty of Pontotoc (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Brice's Cross Roads, MS (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Brice's Cross Roads (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Federal Cavalry and Artillery Formed First Battle Line Here (about 500 feet away); Confederate's Second Battle Line (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Brice's Cross Roads (approx. ¼ mile away); Federal's Second Battle Line (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baldwyn.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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