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One of several Civil War sites associated with Nathan Bedford Forrest in the area, Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site commemorates the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads. This Civil War battle was fought between Union General Samuel D. Sturgis and Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and 11,000 soldiers.
When you first arrive at Brice’s Cross Roads, it may not seem like much – it’s only one acre in total size. However, it packs more than enough Civil War history to keep you captivated and entertained. Kick off your tour by viewing the battlefield site and the large stone memorial. The memorial honors the Federal and Union armies, as well as the Bouton’s Brigade of United States Colored Troops, whom gave their lives during the battle. You may also explore the nearby scenery via two interpretive trails, featuring signage designating significant areas along the way. One of these areas includes the left side of the Confederate battlefront.
Nearby, landmarks like the Bethany A.R.P. Church Cemetery and Bethany Presbyterian Church are must-sees as well. The church is over 150 years old served as a hospital during the 1864 battle. Its counterpart, the Bethany Cemetery, protects the memory and serves as the burial site of more than 90 Confederate soldiers.