• the monument with a cannon on each side

    Brices Cross Roads

    National Battlefield Site Mississippi

Things To Do

June 10, 1864 appears as the death date on 96 Confederate graves in the Bethany Cemetery.

There are 96 Confederate graves in the Bethany Cemetery that have June 10, 1864, the date of the battle, as the death date.

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Before visiting Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site you can obtain a copy of the National Park Service pamphlet at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center in Tupelo, or the Brice's Crossroads Visitor and Interpretive Center in Baldwyn, Mississippi. When visiting the battlefield site, your attention may be initially drawn to the monument. Near the mounument you can study two signs that provide information about the battle. Beyond the one-acre memorial site though, there are other areas worth exploring to learn more about this significant landscape.

Bethany Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church - Today you can see the church on the south side of Rt. 370. During the battle, Bethany Church was across the street from its present location and served as a field hospital following the June 10, 1864, battle.

Bethany A.R.P. Church Cemetery - This 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.

Interpetive Trails - 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.

Did You Know?

Black soldiers played a critical role in the Battle of Brices Cross Roads.

At the Battle of Brices Cross Roads, half of the 223 Union soldiers that were reported as killed belonged to Bouton's Brigade of United States Colored Troops. Most served in the 55th and 59th USCT.