Tupelo National Battlefield

Overview

In the spring of 1864, Major General William Sherman prepared his army to take Atlanta and subsequently "march to the sea." A primary concern of Sherman's was Major General Nathan Forrest's Confederate corp of mounted infantry roving the mid-South. Sherman ordered several advances from Federally controlled Memphis into north Mississippi for the purpose of keeping Forrest in Mississippi and not behind Sherman, cutting communication and supply lines. On July 13-15, 1864, the battle of Tupelo was the result of one of those advances by Major General Andrew J. Smith. Although the Federals retreated to Memphis after the battle, it was a Federal victory: Forrest was not able to interfere with Sherman's Georgia campaign.

For many visitors standing at the one-acre memorial site it is difficult to imagine more than 20,000 soldiers, Americans, clashing in battle here in Tupelo, Mississippi. Today, the monument is surrounded by the bustle you might expect along any main street in a small city of 35,000 people. Although the opportunity to preserve the battlefield in Tupelo has been long lost, visitors can learn about the scope and impact of this battle that resulted in more than 2,000 casualties. For the student of the battle, the modern urban streets of Tupelo serve as landmarks that lead you to places where hundreds of men made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

The grounds of Tupelo National Battlefield are open during daylight hours everyday of the year. In the summer, expect hot, humid weather, with high temperatures typically in the 90s F. Expect mild winters with occasional freezing. Spring and fall are very pleasant.

Directions

Driving: 

Tupelo National Battlefield (NB) is a one-acre monument located on Main Street, Tupelo, Mississippi. Main Street in Tupelo is also known as Highway 6 and Highway 278. Tupelo NB sits on the south side of Main Street on the west side of Tupelo. Exit off the Natchez Trace Parkway onto Highway 6 (near Milepost 260), head east, into Tupelo. Travel one mile east and find Tupelo NB on the right side of Main Street. There is limited parking available adjacent to the monument.