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The year is 1864, and Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest has tried to cut the Union supply route to Atlanta in the town of Tupelo. The resulting two-day Battle of Tupelo has its impact, and the Tupelo National Battlefield serves to commemorate the site for all its visitors.
The Tupelo National Battlefield grounds are open for visitation from dawn and until dusk, while the Natchez Parkway Visitor Center is open year round from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is located in the city of Tupelo – just off of the Natchez Trace Parkway on Main Street – in northern Mississippi.
The visitor center is located roughly six miles north of the park along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Entrance to the Tupelo National Battlefield and its exhibits is free of admission.
As with many other parks, perhaps the best way to experience the Tupelo Battlefield is by first visiting the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center found north of the park. Here, you’ll find pertinent information associated with the battlefield, here the stories of the 20,000 soldiers who once fought there, and speak with rangers about the park’s colorful past.
Once you’ve become acquainted, make your way to the battlefield. The park is peacefully nestled in on one acre of land in the heart of Tupelo – making visitation a convenient task.
The primary attraction at Tupelo NB is the large stone monument, dedicated to the 2,000 Confederate and Federal soldiers whom perished during the battle. Alongside the monument, two authentic Civil War cannons and the gravestones of 1st Lieutenant John Stone and 2nd Lieutenant William Cox sit peacefully, and are available for viewing also.
Although small, this park packs a battle’s worth of history and perspective into one tranquil scene. Apart from the monuments and markers, you’re sure to enjoy the large shade trees, green grass, and convenient location.