Battle of Iuka

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Battle of Iuka

September 19, 1862

As part of a larger Confederate offensive move into Kentucky, Confederate General Braxton Bragg ordered Major General Sterling Price, former governor of Missouri and victor of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, to march into Iuka to prevent Union Major General William S. Rosecrans from moving into Tennessee to reinforce a Union garrison at Nashville, thus potentially threatening Bragg’s forces.

Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant, commanding the Army of the Tennessee, feared that Price was moving to reinforce Bragg’s forces in Kentucky. Grant devised a plan to catch Price’s forces in a pincher movement in Iuka. Grant ordered Major General E. O. C. Ord to advance on Iuka from the west. Rosecran’s forces were to advance on Iuka from the southwest and make a coordinated attack on Price. Ord arrived on time but Rosecrans was delayed. Grant ordered Ord to await the sound of fighting between Rosecrans and Price before engaging the Confederates. Rosecrans arrived about mid-afternoon atop a ridge near Iuka and immediately engaged the Confederates.

Price posted two divisions north of Iuka to oppose Ord and was surprised by Rosecrans’ sudden appearance in his rear. The Confederates launched an attack and captured a six-gun Union battery while Rosecrans attacked from atop the ridge. Price reported that he had “never seen such fighting.” The battle raged even after darkness fell.

The Battle of Iuka was one of the bloodiest battles up to that time, with Union casualities of 782 out of a force of 4,500 and Confederate casualities of 1,516 out of a force of 3,200. Confederate Brigadier General Henry Little was also killed in action at the Battle of Iuka. Remarkably, neither Ord nor Grant heard the sounds of the battle due to what is known as “acoustic shadow.” Price’s army was able to escape during the night to join Major General Earl Van Dorn at Ripley. Union forces occupied Iuka and mounted an unsuccessful pursuit of Price.

Union forces carried the day but failed to capture or destroy Price’s forces. Price and Van Dorn in October 1862 launched an assault on Corinth which also resulted in a Union victory.

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Click here to view Tishomingo’s Restaurant Guide.

BELMONT:

  • Belmont Restaurant, 15 3rd Street- 662-454-7300
  • Costa Oaxaquena, 118 Main Street – 662454-7373
  • Golden Mini Mart Deli, 216 Front Street – 662-454-0012
  • Dixie Queen, 201 North Second Street- 662-454-7188
  • Hometown Pizza, 7 Yarber Street – 662-454-0202
  • Old Country Store, 120 Hwy. 25 – 662-454-7920
  • Piggly Wiggly Deli, 326 Second Street – 662-454-7163
  • Rita’s Family Restaurant, 751 Hwy. 25- 662-454-3771
  • Sonic Drive In, 291 Second Street–662-454-3070
  • Sparks Drive In, 609 South 2nd Street- 662-454-7816
  • Subway Sandwiches, 361 Second Street- 662-454-3228
  • The Lunch Box, 195 Second Street – 662-454-2067
  • The Q, 219 2nd Street – 662-454-9500
  • Thomas’s Fish Place, 126 2nd Street – 662-454-7188

BURNSVILLE:

  • 72 Express Diner, 2818 Hwy. 72 – 662-427-9600
  • Ramjets Diner, 290 Hwy. 72 –  662-427-0030
  • Waterway Grill, 314 Hwy 72 – 662-427-0904

IUKA:

  • BJ’s Corner Cafe, 802 Constitution Drive – 662-424-0038
  • Cafe Memories, 127 S. Fulton Street – 662-660-0134
  • City King Buffet, 405 Battleground Drive – 662-423-1288
  • Crossroads One Stop Deli, 3394 Hwy 25 – 662-423-6555
  • Country Squire, Old Hwy. 72 West – 662-423-9984
  • Donna’s Italian Beef, Constitution Drive -662-423-3326
  • El Picante, 1727 West Quitman Street – 662-423-7224
  • El Picante 2, 1103 Battleground Dr. – 662-423-3708
  • Express Stop #30 Deli, 1716 Battleground Dr. – 662-423-2664
  • Filllin Station Grill, 3832 Hwy 25 (Aqua Yacht Harbor) 662-424-0254
  • Front Street Snack Bar, 108 W. Front Street – 662-423-2494
  • Gilligan’s on the Water (Seasonal:  Memorial Day-LaborDay) 892 CR 956 (Eastport Marina & Resort) 662-423-6972
  • Hardees, 1620 First American Drive – 662-423-1008
  • Homestead, 1309 Battleground Drive – 662-423-5577
  • Hometown Pizza, 621 Battleground Dr. – 662-53-3036
  • Jack’s, 1007 Battleground Drive–662-423-2429
  • Lil’ Smolies, 1209 W. Quitman Street – 662-424-0268
  • McDonalds, 1712 Battleground Dr. – 662-424-9588
  • Piggly Wiggly Deli, 627 Battleground Dr. – 662-423-3651
  • Pizza Hut, 502 Constitution Drive – 662-423-0042
  • Sonic Drive In, 1660 West Quitman St.- 662-423-9100
  • Sprint Mart #41 Deli, 1000 W. Quitman St. 662-423-9827
  • Subway, 509 Battleground Drive–662-423-0088
  • Taste Buds 1530 Constitution Dr. – 662-279-6470
  • The Hideaway Bar & Grill, 1829 W. Quitman St. – 662-660-1371
  • Tip’s BBQ, 1829 W. Quitman St. –  662-660-7447

TISHOMINGO:

  • George’s, 1256 Main Street – 662-438-6948
  • Inez’s Drive-In, 1502 Hwy 25 S.- 662-438-6486
  • Martyville, 1379 Hwy 25 S. – 662-438-6987

Apron Shop at Pineslab Shop

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Apron Shop at Pineslab Shop

Apron Shop at Pineslab Shop is the “HOME OF THE ONE & ONLY APRON MUSEUM.” Hundreds of vintage aprons to view and purchase. Gift shop includes new and vintage quilts, linens, fabrics, local crafts including bird houses of all kinds, and much more. Located at 110 West Eastport Street in Iuka. Open Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM and most Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM. Open other days by chance and always by appointment.

Phone: 662-279-2390; e-mail: pineslabshop@yahoo.com
Apron photos by Cheryl T. Meints, nebrrose1@yahoo.com, phone 662-415-6047.

Jacinto Courthouse

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Jacinto Courthouse

jacintocourthouseJacinto Couthouse is located in the ghost town of Jacinto on Highway 356 in Alcorn County. This 1854 courthouse was once the county seat of government of old Tishomingo County when the county included Alcorn, Prentiss, and Tishomingo Counties. Jacinto Courthouse is one of the South’s most impressive examples of federal-style architecture. The hipped roof is topped with an octagonal cupola. The foundation is constructed of hand-cut stone. Each brick used in the building is hand-made and each board hand-hewn. Each year Jacinto Courthose becomes the site of an old fashioned 4th of July Festival. No admission charge. Grounds are open year around.

Call 662-286-8662 for open times for courthouse tours. Jacinto Foundation, P. O. Box 1174, Corinth, Mississippi 38835. Phone 662-286-8662.

Church of Our Savior

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Church of Our Savior

Church_of_our_SaviourChurch of Our Savior is an 1873 board and batten Carpenter Gothic Episcopal Church purchased and restored by local citizens in 1985. It is available for weddings and other events at a nominal charge. Up until 1958, downtown Iuka was known as the “Marriage Capital of the South” because no waiting period or blood tests were required. Over 45,000 marriages were performed at the Old Courthouse.

Call 800-386-4373 for reservations and more information.

Oak Grove Cemetery

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Oak Grove Cemetery

Oak Grove Cemetery is the final resting place of Civil War soldiers and a former governor of Mississippi. The cemetery is on Constitution Drive in Iuka, Mississippi.

Woodall Mountain

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Woodall Mountain

woodall-mountain-mississippi2Woodall Mountain is the highest elevation in Mississippi at 806 feet. Follow signs from Highway 25 south of Iuka to County Road 187 to County Road 176 to County Road 185, the scenic gravel drive to the top of Woodall Mountain. Woodall Mountain is know as America’s bloodiest high point because of the 1862 Battle of Iuka, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War up to that time. Up to 300,000 troops passed through the area during the Civil War. Iuka was a popular mustering out location due to the plentiful springs and healthful climate.

Iuka Pioneer Cabin

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Iuka Pioneer Cabin

IukaPioneerCabinIuka Pioneer Log Cabin is an 1879 log and native stone dogtrot pioneer cabin located in Mineral Springs Park, Iuka, Mississippi.

Mineral Springs Park

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Mineral Springs Park

mineral-springsMineral Springs Park is a world famous mineral springs named after Chickasaw Chief Iuka. Its water won the 1902 World’s Fair prize for best mineral water. Playground, pavilion, historic dogtrot log cabin, picnic area, walking track, skateboard facility, tennis courts, veteran’s memorial, and meeting facility are all available. It is located on East Quitman Street at Indian Springs Drive, Iuka, Mississippi.

Bear Creek Canoe Trip

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Bear Creek Canoe Trip

bearcreekBear Creek Canoe Trip is a 6.25 mile float trip through Bear Creek Canyon. Two trips per day at 9 AM and 1 PM. Canoe rentals April until mid-October and is located in Tishomingo State Park.

Phone 662-438-6914

Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway-Bay Springs Lake

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Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway-Bay Springs Lake

pineygroveWith the northern terminus in Tishomingo County, the 459 mile waterway connects the Tennessee River to the Gulf of Mexico. The Tenn-Tom Waterway is the largest construction project in Corps of Engineers history, requiring more earth-moving than the Panama Canal. Some of the recreational facilities along the Tenn-Tom Waterway and 6,600 acre Bay Springs Lake include:

  • Scruggs Bridge Park at Highway 25 North of Iuka
  • Robinson Creek Fishing Area
  • Doskie Fishing Area
  • Little Yellow Creek Fishing Area
  • Burnsville Park just off Highway 72 in Burnsville
  • Holcut Memorial Park at the west end of Highway 364
  • Paden Overlook & Park at Paden
  • McDougal Branch Access Area
  • Crow’s Neck Access Area
  • Cotton Springs Access Area
  • Natchez Trace Recreation Area

Piney Grove Campground – located north of Highway 4 on the west side of Bay Springs Lake. Phone: 662-728-1134. You’ll find 141 camper spaces with power, water, and bath facilities, beach, swimming area, playgrounds, game courts, boat ramp, concessions, laundry, and group camping area.
West Damsite Recreation Area, Old Bridge Beach, and Bay Springs Marina  – north of Highway 4 west of the Jamie L. Whitten Lock & Dam; and Bay Springs Lake Museum and Visitor Center located off Highway 4 east of the Jamie L. Whitten Lock & Dam. 82 Bay Springs Resource Road, Dennis, Mississippi 38838. Phone: 662-423-1287
The Visitor Center offers museum exhibits, films, auditorium, brochures, maps, picnic tables, and overlook of the lake. A historic dogtrot log cabin, picnic areas, Bay Springs Lake overlooks, interpretive signs, and nature trails are located on the grounds of the museum and visitor center. Check the visitor center for open times and directions to Tenn-Tom Waterway recreational facilities. Call 662-423-1287 for more information.

Pharr Mounds

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Pharr Mounds

pharrmoundsPharr Mounds is located at milepost 286.7 along the Natchez Trace Parkway. It is a 90 acre complex of eight burial mounds built 1,800 to 2,000 years ago. It was a trading hub and very active during its time.

Pharr Mounds is considered the most important archaeological site in North Mississippi. Come visit and learn about the interesting mound building process and village life in this area.

Cave Spring

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Cave Spring

cavespringCave Spring is located on the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 308.4. You won’t want to miss this limestone cave and spring with 800 foot paved nature trail in part of the collapsed part of the cave. Bear Creek Indian Mound is located nearby.

Cooper Falls

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Cooper Falls

cumberlandfallsPickwick Lake and Bay Springs Lake are famous for scenic beauty such as 50 foot Cooper Falls located on Pickwick Lake just north of J. P. Coleman State Park. Accessible only by boat.

Contact J. P. Coleman State Park at 662-423-6515 for more information.

Shiloh Falls Golf Club

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Shiloh Falls Golf Club

shilohgolfShiloh Falls Golf Club was designed by Jerry Pate. This golfing masterpiece includes an 18 hole championship golf course, driving range, 55 foot waterfall, short game practice area, full service clubhouse and pro shop. Other facilities are available to members only. Homes and lots for sale.

Highway 57 near Pickwick Dam

Phone: 731-689-5050

Pickwick Landing State Park

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Pickwick Landing State Park

Pickwick Landing State Park has a Park Inn and Restaurant, conference facility, cabins, camping, marina, picnic facilities, swimming pool, & golf course. Golf course rated “Three Stars”.

P. O. Box 15, Pickwick Dam, TN 38365. 1-800-250-8615 or 731-689-3129

Old Courthouse Museum

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Old Courthouse Museum

The Old Courthouse Museum offers a fascinating visit to the past and a resource for genealogical research. The historic two-story brick courthouse remains much as it was in 1889. The downstairs area offers a large collection of original courthouse documents, a museum, a genealogical library, and a souvenir and gift shop. The souvenir and gift shop specializes in inexpensive gift items, Christian supplies, home decor, pictures, hand thrown pottery, candles, silver & fashion jewelry, Indian artifacts, Civil War items, and souvenirs. Civil War and Indian exhibits are located on the first floor. Upstairs rooms showcase a turn-of-the-century general store, medical and dental practices, a one room church and school room, the courtroom, and a typical homeplace of the time. Special events are held during the year.

Located at 203 East Quitman Street in Iuka.

Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesday – Friday

Phone: 662-423-3500

e-mail: tishomingocountymuseum@yahoo.com

Eastport Marina and Resort

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Eastport Marina and Resort

Eastport Marina and Resort has a full service marina for over 100 boats, offering boat repair, boat storage, gas dock, boat ramp, bait & tackle, snacks, fishing licences, souvenirs and seasonal restaurant. Rental cabins at the marina are great for an economical vacation. Pontoon boat and waverunner rentals available. Drive to the end of Eastport Road to a scenic overlook of the Tennessess River and historical Eastport Beach. Gilligan’s On Water Restaurant open during season on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 AM to 4 PM.

The resort is is located on Pickwick Lake at Tennessee River mile marker 225.

892 County Road 956, Iuka, Mississippi 38852

Phone: 662-423-6972