Description - Here, on July 13-14, 1864, Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest tried to cut the railroad supplying the Union's march on Atlanta.
- Here, on July 13-14, 1864, Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest tried to cut the railroad supplying the Unions march on Atlanta. Established as a national battlefield site Feb. 21, 1929; transferred from War Dept. Aug. 10, 1933; changed to national battlefield and boundary changed Aug. 10,
1961. The Battle of Tupelo, which was a part of a larger strategy by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman to protect the railroad that was his supply line, broke out on July 14, 1864, when Federal troops under Gen. A.J. Smith battled Confederates under Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. Both sides also battled the heat that ultimately forced the Federal retreat. Tupelo National Battlefield was established as a national battlefield site on February 21, 1929. It was transferred from the War Department Aug. 10, 1933, and changed to a national battlefield Aug. 10, 1961.
Recreation - The main activity at the Tupelo National Battlefield is viewing this historic site. A visitor cent and interpretive displays are available.
Climate - Mississippi lies mainly in the subtropics. The climate is mild with the coldest months experiencing low temperatures near 40 degrees F. Summer temperatures frequently reach 100 degrees F, with coastal breezes providing cooling relief. Humidity is highest in August and September reaching an average close to 90%. The highest rainfall comes during the spring months, but December and January are wet, too. Expect temperatures in the northeastern region to be somewhat cooler than the rest of the state.
The 1-acre site is within the city limits of Tupelo, on Mississippi 6 about 1.3 miles west of its intersection with US 45. It is 1 mile east of the Natchez Trace Parkway.