Two cannons and a monument mark this one-acre (less than a football field) National Park Service (NPS) site surrounded by the city of Tupelo, Mississippi. The park was established in 1929 to memorialize the battle of July 14, 1864, when the Union army drove off Confederate troops trying to disrupt General William T. Sherman’s railroad supply line at the historic town of Harrisburg. Located only one mile off the Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo’s own Elvis Presley probably visited this park as a child.
Unlike other NPS sites, Tupelo National Battlefield provides much easier access to a car wash and a Walmart store. Its visitor center is combined with the one for the Natchez Trace Parkway just outside Tupelo. The city of Baldwyn, Mississippi runs an interpretive center (with a small admission fee) that also commemorates a Confederate victory on June 10, 1864 at Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site.
There is a sidewalk on two sides of the one-acre park.
This is one of the smallest units in the NPS system, but from one angle, Tupelo National Battlefield looks like many larger Civil War parks.
“They get about a week of spring then the summer is blistering.” –Jason Isbell from the song “Tupelo”
All roads paved, with street parking available.
Tombigbee State Park offers camping about 10 miles from Tupelo.
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