Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site

Overview

Located four miles west of Baldwyn, the Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site commemorates a battle which had one objective - to make impossible the threat of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest to interfere with General William T. Sherman's railroad supply line from Nashville to Chattanooga during the Atlanta campaign. Forrest scored a decisive victory over General S.D. Sturgis' Union forces when they met at Brices Cross Roads on June 10, 1864. The Union lost three men to every Southern casualty and General Forrest's troops managed to capture desperately needed supplies, including guns, ammunition, artillery, and wagons. The battle was considered a major tactical victory for the Confederacy, but did not diminish the effectiveness of Sherman's campaign as supplies continued to flow. The site contains a brochure dispenser, two artillery pieces, a monument to the battle, and an interpretive wayside.

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Seasonality / Weather

In the summer, expect hot, humid weather, high temperatures typically in the 90s. Expect mild winters with occasional freezing. Spring and fall are very pleasant.

Directions

Driving: 

Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site can be found 15 miles north of Tupelo, Mississippi. To get there, exit off of U.S. Highway 45 onto Rt. 370, in Baldwyn, Mississippi. The battlefield is located 6 miles west of Baldwyn, on Rt. 370. Visitors should also consider visiting the Brice's Crossroads Visitor and Interpretive Center in Baldwyn. To get there, exit U.S. 45 at Rt. 370 and turn east. Take the first right off of Rt. 370 to the center. (You may notice the center as the brick building with more than a dozen flagpoles).