Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site

Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site

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Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site

Mississippi

(662) 680-4025

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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.

Map of Brices Cross Roads

Latitude, Longitude: 34.505566, -88.729534

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Activities

  • Hiking

    There are two trails that take you off the road and over the terrain of the battlefield. There are signs along these trails that explain the significance of where you are standing relative to where the fighting took place. One trail takes you through the left side of the Confederate line of battle, the other takes you through the right side.

  • Historic Sites

    When visiting the battlefield site, your attention may be initially drawn to the monument. Near the monument, you can study two signs that provide information about the battle. Beyond the one-acre memorial site, there are other areas worth exploring to learn more about this significant landscape. During the battle, the Bethany Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, on the south side of Rt. 370, was across the street from its present location and served as a field hospital following the June 10, 1864 battle. The Bethany A.R.P. Church Cemetery is the final resting place for many people that have called this area home for more than 150 years. This cemetery is also the burial site for 96 Confederates that fought and died as a result of the battle.

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).

Phone Numbers

Primary

(662) 680-4025

Weather

(800) 305-7417

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