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.
Why the Battle Happened
Civil War battles were never isolated incidents, but a result of a series of events that impacted future events.Read More
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 . . ."Read More
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.Read More
Did You Know?
The July 14-15, 1864 Battle of Tupelo was the last time that Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest's famed cavalry corps fought Union infantry during the Civil War.