I am a photographer and writer for National Park Planner (npplan.com) and I visited the Tupelo National Battlefield in November 2014. The park commemorates the Battle of Tupelo, fought on July 14-15, 1864, between the army of Union General Andrew J. Smith and Confederate Generals Stephen Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest. Smith was tasked with hunting down and destroying Forrest and his cavalry, as they posed a legitimate risk to General William T. Sherman’s supply line that fueled his campaign against Atlanta. The Union repulsed an attack by Lee and Forrest, and though victorious, eventually withdrew back to Memphis. While Forrest’s cavalry was severely crippled, he was left free to raid Union targets for the remainder of the war.Today, nothing remains of the battlefield except for this one acre memorial located in downtown Tupelo on the corner of West Main Street and Monument Drive. A National Park sign marks this corner. The rest of the battlefield was lost long ago to the development of the city of Tupelo.A visit to the park takes all of fifteen minutes. The grounds contain two monuments, two cannon, two information panels, and the graves of two Confederate soldiers. There is a small parking area along the curb on Monument Drive on the same side as the memorial. There are no other facilities. Being a one acre lot, there is no Visitor Center specifically for the National Battlefield. To get information, use the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center located at Milepost 266 on the Parkway or visit the Tupelo Convention and Visitor Bureau two miles further east on Main Street.The park is officially open during daylight hours, but it’s a corner lot in downtown Tupelo, so I doubt anyone cares when you take a walk around it. The park is not fenced in. However, there are no lights, so you probably can’t see much at night.For more information about the park, visit National Park Planner.
This was a patch of grass with a monument next to a large strip mall。 I can't believe we took the time to go。
this historic landmark has not received good ratings。 perhaps it's because the people do not understand the important historical value。 read up on this battlefield and then visit。 you will find that the past will come alive。 this is an awesome place to visit。
This is a very meaningful memorial, but sadly it has to be seen on a main street. A few monuments, and just two Confederate graves. A memory to hundreds of slain soldiers, not paid attention to in the busy rush of everyday life. Wish there was more to it. A shame that people go out of their way to see it, and it is so small and lightly respected.
always love anything to do with history.beautiful weather and the people were very nice and knowledgeable.
The old battlefield has been overrun by the city of Tupelo, so not much of it is left. It is a good stop, and it won't take long to visit the attractions.
This is a prime example of why Civil War battleground sites need protection. We passed the site twice before realizing that small patch was it in its entirety. I'm glad we didn't come here just for this battle"field".
The best thing about this visit was laughing & thinking that I've visited the nation's smallest national park. The worst part about it was passing the park and turning around in a shady city park to get back to the small corner lot where this park is located. It really is just a corner lot. At least I can say I have read every sign here! But I also wonder if the NPS is spending its money wisely here. Is this small plot worth the money and the upkeep?
Very small corner lot with no parking. Had to drive around the block to look at the site. Really not worth the trouble to seek out to visit.
This was hard to spot along the road and then we had trouble finding a place to park. We wanted to get out and look, but it is not set up to encourage that. It is a nice tribute, though, to those who died in that fight.