Tupelo National Battlefield – Tupelo, MS

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Tupelo National Battlefield – Tupelo, MS

100-114 Monument Drive
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-680-4027
Toll-Free: 1-800-305-7417
www.nps.gov/tupe/the-battle.htm

Commemorated in a park on Tupelo’s West Main Street is the Battle of Tupelo – the last major engagement of the Civil War in Mississippi.

The battle, which raged over two hot July days in 1864, was among the bloodiest in the state. Coming after the Confederate victory at the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads, the Tupelo engagement pitted troops under Confederate Generals Stephen D. Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest against Union troops under the command of General A.J. Smith. At stake was Smith’s ability to keep Forrest’s feared cavalry corps in north Mississippi and not allow him to go to east Tennessee and disrupt Union General William T. Sherman’s “march to the sea” campaign in Georgia. So important was Tupelo to Sherman that he ordered Smith in Memphis “to make up a force and go out to follow Forrest to the death, if it cost 10,000 lives and breaks the Treasury.” Although the blue clad troops claimed victory, insufficient supplies caused the Union army to retreat to Memphis, leaving the field to an army half its size.

The Tupelo National Battlefield is open daily and maintained by the National Park Service. The site includes a cannon, a marker with text and maps outlining the engagement.

Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery – Tupelo, MS

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Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery – Tupelo, MS

Phone: 662-842-1341
Fax: (662) 842-3215
Email: pvtjohnallen@fws.gov
www.fws.gov/pvtjohnallen/
Hours: Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery is a scenic outdoor facility where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service propagate native fish for use in restocking programs. Each year, millions of fish are hatched here.

A 1904 Victorian house which was the home to hatchery superintendents for many years is located at the site. The grounds of the hatchery are beautifully manicured with turn-of-the-century plantings. Reminisce as you walk through Grandmother’s Garden and the wildlife area, which has been planted with foliage to attract nature’s friends. The house is now supervised and maintained by the Tupelo Garden Club and is available for teas, weddings, luncheons, picnics and other events. Tours are available upon request.

French Camp – French Camp, MS

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French Camp – French Camp, MS

Located at mileage marker 181 on the Natchez Trace, French Camp is a delightful mix of the
old and new. Discover how early Americans lived in the Natchez Trace Historic District of French Camp Academy. Walk through the authentic antebellum home, visit an old graveyard, and reminisce in the museum. Spend the night in the rustic (but fully modernized) French Camp Bed and Breakfast, constructed from log cabins. Dine at the Council House Cafe and shop at the Log Cabin Gift Shop. See the galaxies through research grade telescopes at Rainwater Observatory. Stop by the bakery for a fresh loaf of homemade bread. Plan a conference or retreat at Rising Son Conference Center. Get a visitors pass and schedule a tour of French Camp Academy, a Christian boarding school serving young people and their families since 1885.

Ninety miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, this timeless treasure abounds with a colorful past of generals, pirates, explorers, Indians, bootleggers and buried gold. The real French Camp Story is not about a place, but about the people. The pioneering spirit and resourcefulness of the first settlers carved a way of life from the abundant Mississippi wilderness. Their community-wide commitment to the education and spiritual development of their children provide the foundation for French Camp Academy, a school born of humble beginnings in the nineteenth century.

For more information call (662) 547-9464 or visit or website, www.frenchcamp.org/historic