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Map of the Battle of Ackia
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Battle of Ackia
Near here, on May 26, 1736, French and Choctaw invaders under Bienville were soundly repulsed by Chickasaws defending the Ackia, Apeony, and Chukafalaya villages. Many French casualties occurred. — Map (db m102783) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Battle of Tupelo
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Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Battle of Tupelo — The Western Campaign, 1864
In the summer of 1864, General Forrest's hard hitting troops in Northern Mississippi threatened the supplies of General Sherman's campaign against Atlanta. Therefore, General A. J. Smith marched 14,000 Union troops against Forrest. He reached Tupelo . . . — Map (db m6784) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — MS-54 — Birthplace of Elvis Presley
Elvis Aaron Presley was born Jan. 8, 1935, in this house built by his father. Presley's career as a singer and entertainer redefined American popular music. He died on Aug. 16, 1977, at Memphis, Tennessee. — Map (db m4477) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Carver School / Desegregation of Schools Across the South — Heritage Trails Enrichment Program
Carver School Named for Dr. George Washington Carver, Carver School was built in 1939 to serve the educational Tupelo's African-American children Carver, along with local churches, was the center of social activities for the . . . — Map (db m102833) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Chickasaw Village Site
(Marker #1) A Chickasaw Village Here once stood an Indian village of several houses and a fort. Summer House During the summer they lived in rectangular well-ventilated houses. Winter House In the winter . . . — Map (db m84809) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — 12 — Elvis Country
Front Raised on country here in Tupelo, first introduced as “The Hillbilly Cat,” then by RCA Victor as “the hottest new name in country music,” Elvis Presley’s revolutionary musical mix always had country as a key . . . — Map (db m102752) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — 28 — Elvis Presley and the Blues
Marker Front: Elvis Presley revolutionized popular music by blending the blues he first heard as a youth in Tupelo with country, pop, and gospel. Many of the first songs Elvis recorded for the Sun label in Memphis were covers of earlier . . . — Map (db m29823) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Elvis Presley and Tupelo
On October 3, 1945, a ten-year old Elvis played to his first crowd on these grounds and took 5th place in a talent show. Eleven years later he returned as the King of Rock and Roll! Elvis in Tupelo Elvis Aron Presley was born . . . — Map (db m91174) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Elvis Presley's Childhood Church
Attend a Pentecostal church service where Elvis first fell in love with gospel music. Elvis Presley Birthplace presents a unique experience in the First Assembly of God Church where Elvis and his family regularly attended service. This structure . . . — Map (db m29821) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — In Commemoration of Hernando De Soto
In Commemoration of Hernando De Soto and his men who spent the winter of 1540 — 1541 in North East Mississippi prior to his discovery of the Mississippi River — Map (db m102786) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Lee County Library — Elvis Presley Monument Plaques
At this site on February 13, 1948, 13-year-old Elvis, accompanied by his mother Gladys, applied for his first library card. Through the books he read from the Lee County Library, Elvis would vicariously travel to distant places and learn new things . . . — Map (db m102820) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Mayhorn Grocery — Elvis Presley Monument Plaques
In 1947, Elvis lived at the North end of Green Street, not far from here. Mayhorn Grocery previously occupied this space, and Elvis would walk to the store and sit on the porch listening to the blues. It was also here that he heard the sounds of . . . — Map (db m102821) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Natchez Trace at Lee County
This monument marks a stage in the course of the Natchez Trace through Mississippi. Over this first high-road came a tide of the best population of the older Southern states seeking homes in the Southwest. After the Treaty of Pontotoc, Oct. 20, . . . — Map (db m84800) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Native American Site — Woodland Period CA 1000 BC
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Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Old Town Creek
In the early 1800's ordinary Americans could not be bothered with learning the names of Chickasaw villages on the Natchez Trace. One they called Old Town, and passed the name on to the stream running through this valley. It is one of the sources of . . . — Map (db m84799) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Robins Field / High School Football During Segregation — Heritage Trails Enrichment Program
Robins Field Built in 1927, Robins Field was named for former Tupelo Mayor D.W. Robins and served as the Tupelo Schools' football field until 1991. On Friday nights, the all-white Tupelo High School Golden Wave football team played . . . — Map (db m102826) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — 60 — Shake Rag — (Shakerag)
Marker Front: Shake Rag, located east of the old M & O (later GM & O) railway tracks and extending northward from Main Street, was one of several historic African American communities in Tupelo. By the 1920s blues and jazz flowed freely . . . — Map (db m29629) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Shake Rag Community
From 1943~47, Elvis' father, Vernon, worked for L.P. McCarty & Son's local wholesale grocery company making deliveries to various parts of the City. Shake Rag, a historically black community, was one of his delivery areas. It was here that Elvis . . . — Map (db m29630) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Sit-Ins Led to Civil Rights Act of 1964 / F.W. Woolworth
Sit-Ins Led to Civil Rights Act of 1964 During the 1960s, F. W. Woolworth Company operated lunch counters at its "five-and-dime stores" on a "local custom" basis - meaning racially segregated seating in the Southern United States. . . . — Map (db m102846) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church / A Strong Voice in the Civil Rights Struggle in Tupelo — Heritage Trails Enrichment Program
Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church Established approximately during the 1850s, Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church is the oldest African-American Church in Tupelo, The original sanctuary, still standing today, was completed . . . — Map (db m102827) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — The Battle of King's Creek / The Campaign to Take Vicksburg
The Battle of King's Creek The campaign to take Vicksburg and control of the Mississippi River had begun. On May 5, 1863, mounted infantry and cavalry units of the Federal Ninth Illinois, Tenth Missouri and Seventh Kansas, under . . . — Map (db m102851) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — The Dixie Bell Theater / The March of Discontent — Heritage Trails Enrichment Program
The Dixie Bell Theater The rights of African-Americans during Reconstruction were greatly increased, and passage of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution and the Civil Rights Acts of 1875 . . . — Map (db m102834) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — The Green Street Business District / Social Hub — Heritage Trails Enrichment Program
The Green Street Business District The Green Street business district was the hub of the black community in the early part of the century, up to and beyond desegregation. The area from Barnes Street to Spring Street housed the . . . — Map (db m102831) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — The Iron Furnace / Front Street
The Iron Furnace Hundreds of Union prisoners were interned here during the summer of 1862. Treated reasonably and guarded lightly, few tried to escape in anticipation of being exchanged, as was common practice early in the war. . . . — Map (db m102840) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — The Outhouse
This is a replica of an outhouse that was typical in a poor, Southern neighborhood. Oftentimes, a single privy was shared by several residents. The original outhouse located behind the row of rental houses along Saltillo Road was also shared by . . . — Map (db m102842) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — The Tupelo Swamp / Plank Road
The Tupelo Swamp Military strategists agree that when two forces of equal size oppose one another, the defending force has the advantage. Tupelo's geography emphasized that point during the war. Surrounded north, east and south by . . . — Map (db m102841) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — The Younger Cabin / Confederate Headquarters
Side 1 At the onset of the Civil War, there were a few homes located in Tupelo near the intersection of the recently completed Mobile and Ohio Railroad and the Pontotoc-to-Fulton Road, now Main Street. One of those homes was the . . . — Map (db m91175) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Town Creek Tupelo Encampment / Camp Life in Tupelo
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 . . . — Map (db m102843) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Tupelo Baptist Church / Kind Treatment for the Wounded — Heritage Trails Enrichment Program
Tupelo Baptist Church As often happened in the middle of Civil War conflict, partisan lines became blurred when the care of wounded soldiers was necessary. A field hospital created by Union troops to treat their soldiers wounded in . . . — Map (db m102838) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Tupelo Campaign: Harrisburg July 14
The sun rose on July 14 with Union General Andrew J. Smith having stolen the advantage from Confederate Generals Forrest and Lee. The Union line occupied high ground, facing west and north The Confederate forces, with 7,500 men compared to Smith's . . . — Map (db m102773) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Tupelo Campaign: Old Town Creek, July 15
Although General Smith and the Union troops had defeated the Confederates on July 14, according to Sherman's orders. Smith should have attacked Forrest and Lee in an attempt to destroy the Confederate cavalry. Examining his supplies . . . — Map (db m102779) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Tupelo Campaign: Pontotoc Road, July 13
As Union general William T. Sherman started his Atlanta Campaign in the summer of 1864, he wanted to protect his vulnerable supply line by ensuring that Confederate cavalry, including General Nathan Bedford Forrest, did not attack it. In June, an . . . — Map (db m102780) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Tupelo Confederate Soldiers Monument
(front) CSA Erected in honor of and to the memory of Confederate Soldiers by their comrades, their sons and daughters. The love, gratitude, and memory of the people of the South Shall gild their fame in one eternal . . . — Map (db m89098) WM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — Tupelo Hardware — Elvis Presley Monument Plaques
In 1946, Elvis' mother, Gladys brought him here to buy a bicycle. Once they arrived, a 22-caliber rifle caught Elvis' eye, and he asked his mother to buy it instead. She wasn't happy about purchasing a gun so they compromised on a guitar. Forest L. . . . — Map (db m102822) HM

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