Tupelo National Battlefield

In July, 1864, Union forces, including men from the United States Colored Troops, marched into Tupelo, Mississippi.  Disorganized Confederate soldiers fought fiercely but could not overpower the federal troops.  Neither side could claim a clear victory, but Union troops had succeeded in their main goal:  keeping the Confederates away from Union railroads in Tennessee.


map showing shermans troops moving south of Chattanooga

Why the Battle Happened

Civil War battles were never isolated incidents, but a result of a series of events that impacted future events.

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map showing troops moving north from Okolana to Tupelo, Pontotoc, and Old Town

Leading up to the Battle

Maj. Gen. Sherman wrote that Forrest had "whipped Sturgis fair and square, and now I will put against him [Maj. Gen.] A. J. Smith . . ."

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4 soldiers with guns drawn

The Battle of Tupelo

The Battle of Tupelo was fought by more than 20,000 troops from the morning of July 14 to the evening of July 15, 1864.

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