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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Baldwyn, Mississippi

Clickable Map of Lee County, Mississippi and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Lee County, MS (105) Chickasaw County, MS (29) Itawamba County, MS (21) Monroe County, MS (27) Pontotoc County, MS (27) Prentiss County, MS (12) Union County, MS (12)  LeeCounty(105) Lee County (105)  ChickasawCounty(29) Chickasaw County (29)  ItawambaCounty(21) Itawamba County (21)  MonroeCounty(27) Monroe County (27)  PontotocCounty(27) Pontotoc County (27)  PrentissCounty(12) Prentiss County (12)  UnionCounty(12) Union County (12)
Tupelo is the county seat for Lee County
Baldwyn is in Lee County
      Lee County (105)  
      Chickasaw County (29)  
      Itawamba County (21)  
      Monroe County (27)  
      Pontotoc County (27)  
      Prentiss County (12)  
      Union County (12)  
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1Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Advance Forces of General Forrest
Advance forces of General Forrest and General Sturgis' cavalry met in skirmish here. The 3rd, 7th, 8th, and 12th Kentucky (Confederate) met the 4th Missouri, 3rd, 9th Illinois and 2nd New Jersey shortly before forming . . . Map (db m89093) HM
2Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Baldwyn Dry Goods
Built circa 192, 102 East Main Street was the first brick store building in Baldwyn operated by Jones, Pyle, Haney and McDonald as Baldwyn Dry Goods stores. Barber and Beauty Shop located in the basement. Renovated in 2011 by Farmers and Merchants . . . Map (db m155373) HM
3Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Baldwyn Garage and Gas Station
Built in 1925 by Ben Caldwell as a blacksmith shop and converted in the Baldwyn Garage in 1928 by Bill Parton and Carl Davis. Later became Bondie Tapp’s Grocery Store followed by the Baldwyn Florist operated by the Gentry, Bishop, Hinds, and . . . Map (db m154984) HM
4Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Battle of Brices Cross RoadsJune 10, 1864 — The Western Campaign, 1864 —
When General Sherman advanced on Atlanta, General Forrest sought to destroy the Union supply line between Nashville and Chattanooga. He had nearly reached the Tennessee River when he had to turn back to meet a Union force marching southeast from . . . Map (db m8365) HM
5Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Battle of Brice's Cross Roads
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6Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Bethany A.R.P. Church
Organized in 1852 by the Alabama Presbytery, Bethany Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church had a charter membership of twenty-five including four slaves. The church was used as a hospital in 1864 following the Battle of Brice's Cross Roads. The . . . Map (db m60738) HM
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7Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Bonnie Lee "Country" Graham
Six-foot-three Baldwyn native “Country” Graham led the Bearcats to a state title in 1932. In 1938, he became the first All-American basketball player from Ole Miss and Mississippi. He pioneered the one-handed hook shot, “Country’s . . . Map (db m154980) HM
8Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Brice Home
The Brice Home stood where monument is located The battle scarred, two-story house, with its blood-stained floors and walls was used by wounded of both armies to escape shot and shell as the battle raged. . . . Map (db m89045) HM
9Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — A-1 — Brice's Cross RoadsJune 10, 1864
Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest "owned" northern Mississippi and southwestern Tennessee in mid-1864, but that was not where the war was being won or lost. Port Hudson, Louisiana, and Vicksburg, Mississippi, had fallen in July 1863, giving the Union . . . Map (db m62170) HM
10Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — B-1 — Brice's Cross RoadsFirst Main Battle Line Overview
By 10:00 a.m. on June 10, 1864, Col. George Waring's Federal cavalry had reached the Cross Roads. The troops deployed on either side of the Baldwyn Road, in the woods at the western edge of a cleared field, one-half mile east of the Cross Roads. . . . Map (db m62173) HM
11Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — B-2 — Brice's Cross RoadsFirst Main Battle Line (Union)
Brig. Gen. Benjamin Grierson's Federal cavalry (3,300 troops) left Stubbs plantation (nine miles northwest of Brice's Cross Roads) at daybreak on June 10, 1864. By 10:00 a.m. the cavalry had reached Brice's Cross Roads and advance units had . . . Map (db m62172) HM
12Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — C.P. McWhorter - "The Hardware Man"
20th century commercial building constructed in 1918 by Nick Waters and Oscar Abrams as a two-story furniture and casket store; became McWhorter Hardware in 1921; later a John Deere dealership and then the General Electric Store opened by Bryson and . . . Map (db m155357) HM
13Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Caldwell Hardware
Late Victorian architecture built in 1910 by Ben Caldwell and operated as McCarthy Hardward store for over 30 years. Converted to a fabric shop in 1965 and operated over the years by Johnson, McKay, Roberts, and Kesler families. Facade improvements . . . Map (db m155376) HM
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14Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Chief Tishomingo
Long before Civil War soldiers fought at this site in 1864, this land was part of the Chickasaw Nation. Tishomingo, whose name derived from the Chickasaw title tishu minko meaning "speaker for the chief" or "assistant chief" in the Chickasaw . . . Map (db m61924) HM
15Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Confederate's First Battle Line Formed Here
at 1:00 o'clock. General Forrest's men were all on the field ready for action. From a quarter of a mile north and extending more than a mile south across the Guntown Road the Confederates formed a pincers movement against the enemy. Confederate . . . Map (db m62106) HM
16Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Confederate's Second Battle Line
Pushing the Union forces back, General Forrest slowly closed his pincers movement, forcing General Sturgis nearer the Crossroads. This line was anchored on the Blackland Road 400 yards northwest. The southern end across the Guntown Road. . . . Map (db m62110) HM
17Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Dewey and Red's Barber Shop-McElroy's
Built by Buster McElroy, owner of the adjacent hardware store, about 1945, as a barber shop. Hardware store burned in 2002. Originally operated by Dewey Basden and "Red" Purvis, then Dayton Cagle. Since, operated by Peggy Grice and remodeled in . . . Map (db m155383) HM
18Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Epting's Five and Dime
Post-war modern architecture; building completed in 1930 as Compton's Store. Later operated as Hugh Epting's 5 & 10, Riley's Shoe Shop, and The Trading Post. Restored in 2005. National Register of Historic Places.Map (db m155366) HM
19Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Federal Cavalry and Artillery Formed First Battle Line Here
From 500 hundred yards north and extending more than a mile south, across the Guntown Road, this Line, behind rail fences and dense scrub-oak thickets fought stubbornly as the Confederates pushed on to the Crossroads. Hand to hand fighting along . . . Map (db m62108) HM
20Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Federal's Second Battle Line
Federal's Second Battle Line General Sturis was able to use his infantry here for the first time in the battle. General Forrest had beaten the Union Cavalry before the infantry reached the battlefield. Infantry and cavalry formed . . . Map (db m89096) HM
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21Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — First Shots of the Battle of Brice's Crossroads
First Shots of the Battle of Brice's Crossroads were fired here at 9:30 Morning of June 10, 1864 Scouts from General Nathan Bedford Forrest's 7th Tennessee (Confederate) met scouts from General Samuel D. Sturgis' 4th . . . Map (db m89091) HM
22Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — General Barteau's Flank Movement
Along the ridge north-east, General Barteau's 2nd Tennessee flanked the Union forces, creating havoc among white and negro soldiers of General Sturgis' command.Map (db m61957) HM
23Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — General Sturgis' Supreme Effort
To Hold The Crossroads Placing the 93rd Illinois, 8th Illinois and 114th Illinois Infantry here and immediately behind, he placed his artillery consisting of Battery B of 2nd Illinois; 7th Wisconsin Battery; 14th Indiana . . . Map (db m5738) HM
24Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Interpretive SitesBattle of Brice's Crossroads • June 10, 1864 Battle of Tupelo • July 13-15, 1864
Welcome to the Mississippi's Final Stands Interpretive Center. After visiting our museum gallery, we hope that you will tour the Brice's Crossroads and Tupelo battlefields for yourself, with the help of our audio tour and roadside signage. . . . Map (db m91147) HM
25Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Itawamba/Tishomingo County and Lee/Prentiss County Line
The county line drawn in 1836 to divide Itawamba and Tishomingo Counties in Downtown Baldwyn exist today as the boundary line for Lee county and Prentiss County, established in 1870. The line also signifies “wet and dry” boundaries for . . . Map (db m154986) HM
26Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — James Harrison “Babe” McCarthy
A native of Baldwyn, James H. “Babe” McCarthy began coaching basketball in 1941. During his career he coached high school, college, and professional teams. In 1963, McCarthy sneaked his all~white Mississippi State team out of Starkville . . . Map (db m154987) HM
27Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Joe White's Dollar Store
Circa 1910 as The People's Bank. George Gentry's Cafe & Meat Market downstairs with the upper floor residence of the Claude Gentry family (1928-1940). In 1940, operated as Luna Stubbs Beauty Shop followed by Johnnie Arnold's Dry Goods. Later owned . . . Map (db m155355) HM
28Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Kirk Hardware
Late Folk Victorian architecture constructed in circa 1900 as two structures. Brinson's Dry Goods and Shoe Store was on the east side and the west side was Kirk Hardware. Expanded by Kirk to both sides and operated later by Rowland, Garrett, . . . Map (db m155378) HM
29Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Lu-Ru Florist
The original wood frame building was built in 1905 as Walker's, then Norman's Grocery. Later, Lampkin's and Morris' Barber Shop followed by Gene Prentice Barber Shop and Aliene Anderson's Fabric Store. A beauty shop operated in the back of the . . . Map (db m155377) HM
30Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — M. Gorden
During the Great Depression, Morris Gorden, only 23, moved to Baldwyn, rented this building, and opened a dry goods business that would last 60 years. Gorden was a man of accomplishment. At age 9, Moijze Kordun and his family had escaped Lithuania . . . Map (db m155374) HM
31Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Miss Archer's Millinery Shop
In 1903 this site was a cobbler's shop and later Miss Jessie Archer's Millinery (hat) shop. In 1931, it was operated as Will McElroys' Grocery. Devastated by fire in 1938 and rebuilt by Knowles Archer, the new building later housed an Ice Cream . . . Map (db m155352) HM
32Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Morton's Battery
(front) Dedicated to Morton's Battery Forrest's Artillery and John W. Morton, Jr. Gen. N.B. Forrest's Chief of Artillery and the Confederacy's youngest artillery captain Morton's Battery fought here during the . . . Map (db m89046) HM WM
33Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — People's Bank
Originally a wood-framed built in 1920 by W.M.B. Cox as the People's Bank. The upstairs was used as a Masonic Hall. A Piggly Wiggly grocery store occupied the east side, and later, Haddon Palmer's Pool Room. The west side was occupied by Jones and . . . Map (db m155367) HM
34Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — 'Pig' McDonald's Barber Shop
Edgar McDonald, Jack Lampkin, Dewey Basden & Claude rogers worked the chairs here in the early 1900's. McDonald's wife Ethel began a cleaning business for shop patrons at the back in the 20's, ad dry cleaning soon became this spot's predominant . . . Map (db m155361) HM
35Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Private John Allen
One mile northwest is the birthplace of Private John Allen (1846~1917), soldier, statesman, sage, and wit. He kept Congress laughing from 1885 to 1901.Map (db m154988) HM
36Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Quail Ridge Engineering
In 1926, Nick Waters moved a budding casket business into this building, formerly D.H. Thomas Grocer. Yet on a "few" bodies were ever actually embalmed here, to the great relief of current residents. In the 1950's, Claude Gentry's Lyric Theater . . . Map (db m155356) HM
37Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — 'Son' McGee's Grocery
Verner McGee operated a meat market here from the 1930's to the late 50's. He and wife Virginia once lived above this store, and "Son" could always be found in those days with his sidekick, a short-haired terrier who rode shotgun on daily deliveries . . . Map (db m155362) HM
38Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Spoils of War
As Confederate cannon rained fire on exhausted Union troops waiting to cross Tishomingo Creek, a somewhat orderly retreat turned into a panicked rout. Soldiers swam across the creek, bypassing the clogged and bottlenecked bridge and ran into the . . . Map (db m61930) HM
39Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — The Golden Rule / Shellnuts
Built in 1910, as two stores, Late Folk Victorian, Baldwyn Dry Goods Store (east side) and Nanney's Grocery on the west side; later operated as dry goods stores by Cochran and Shellnut. Houston's Grocery Store also occupied the east side followed by . . . Map (db m155375) HM
40Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — The Green Front Store
Built circa 1900, Ed Cochran operated a General Merchandise store here in 1928 named the Green Front Store. The store is a backdrop for Ed's son, Louis Cochran's book, Hallelujah, Mississippi, written about pre-World War I Baldwyn. Later, Wallis and . . . Map (db m155381) HM
41Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — The Opera House
An "Opera House" once stretched west inside a now-vanished 2nd story of this building. As many as 300 guests enjoyed live theater and silent movies up there in the early decades of the 1900's, while merchants like J.A. Bonds and John Youngblood . . . Map (db m155359) HM
42Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — The Ritz Theater
Completed in the 1930's by Audie Coggins; later owned and operated by Claude Gentry as the Ritz Theater. The west side was Gentry Insurance. Restored by Wayne Stone in 1981 as Stone's Jewelry & Gifts. National Register of Historic Places.Map (db m155360) HM
43Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Tishomingo Creek Bridge
The Federal retreat at the Battle of Brice's Crossroads was funneled onto a small bridge across Tishomingo Creek. The structure was too narrow for Sturgis' Expeditionary Force, and the span quickly became a bottleneck as horses, wagons, cannon, and . . . Map (db m61927) HM
44Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Tishomingo Creek Bridge
Retreating wagons blocked bridge. General Forrest captured 200 Wagons, 14 pieces of artillery and hundreds of men. Artillery fire from the Crossroads killed hundreds of Federals here.Map (db m61953) HM
45Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Tom's Drug Store
This store became Baldwyn's most iconic business in the mid-20th century when owner Tom Mauldin erected the neon sign that still hangs. Constructed by the Steeds, a family of masons, the building originally housed City Drug & Jewelry Co. Guy Stocks, . . . Map (db m155363) HM
46Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Twentymile Bottom
Twentymile Bottom, now cultivated, was typical of the many low areas along streams through which the Natchez Trace passed.      In 1812 Reverend John Johnson stopped at Old Factors Stand, near this bottom, and wrote this account of bottomland . . . Map (db m84764) HM
47Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — U.S. Post Office (Old Post Office Restaurant)
A frame building built on this site housed McWhorter Hardware and burned in the fire of 1914. In 1915, Baldwyn's U.S. Post Office was relocated here in a brick structure until 1952. Magers and Poole Appliance Store, Gladys Barber's Dollar Store, . . . Map (db m155380) HM
48Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Union Drug Store
From a log cabin built in 1859 as Wallis Blacksmith Shop, the current structure (1925) was built as Union Drug Store and operated by Archie Frost (for over 50 years) and Sam Rowan. Popeye Gentry's Watch Repair was in the back of the drug store. Mr. . . . Map (db m155379) HM
49Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Union Wagon Train
A critical factor in the Union defeat at Brice's Crossroads was the decision by an unknown officer to bring most if not all of the Union supply train across the Tishomingo Creek Bridge and into the field across the road from where you now stand. . . . Map (db m62176) HM
50Mississippi (Lee County), Baldwyn — Wallace White’s Grocery
Constructed in 1925 as a block row building and operated as White’s Grocery in 1928. Later became Will Jones Dry Goods, followed by Baldwyn Cash Specialty operated by Outlaw, Landrum and Spivey in the 1940’s. Followed by Bryson’s General Electric . . . Map (db m154985) HM
51Mississippi (Prentiss County), Baldwyn — Artillery at Log Cabin Ridge
As Union troops retreated toward Tishomingo Creek, they faced not only a blocked bridge and a rain-swollen creek, but also deadly cannon fire coming from this ridge. Confederate artillerymen rained fire upon the scrambling Yankees with four field . . . Map (db m72155) HM
52Mississippi (Prentiss County), Baldwyn — C-1 — Brice's Cross RoadsConfederate Victory — Pursuit of the Union
Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry had routed Brigadier General Benjamin Grierson's Federal cavalry one-half mile east of the Cross Roads and the Federal infantry that was thrown into battle line one-quarter mile east of the Cross Roads. . . . Map (db m72267) HM
53Mississippi (Prentiss County), Baldwyn — C-2 — Brice's Cross RoadsUnion Retreat -- Defense at the Bridge
The bottleneck created by the Tishomingo Creek Bridge and the flanking movement of Confederate Colonel Barteau's 2nd Tennessee regiment almost spelled diaster for Union troops retreating from the Cross Roads in front of Forrest's main force. The . . . Map (db m72150) HM
54Mississippi (Prentiss County), Baldwyn — Terrain and Landscape
Even as late as 1864, northeast Mississippi was sparsely populated. Just thirty years earlier the whole area had belonged to the Chickasaw Nation, and many of the local white landowners had moved here after 1845. The Bethany Associate Reformed . . . Map (db m72152) HM
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Dec. 1, 2022