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“Nice Driving Tour”

Brice's Crossroads National Battlefield
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Baldwyn
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Athens
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“Nice Driving Tour”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Not a lot to see but good information for Civil War history buffs. The Cemetary and Monument were interesting and the highlight of the trip.

Visited September 2012
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“Now more than the one-acre original site. Walking and reading required.”
Reviewed June 10, 2009

On June 10, 1864, Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest won a stunning victory over a much larger Union force, in a day-long battle here. Confederates were in Mississippi trying to help break the supply lines of the Union army, fighting in Georgia, approaching Atlanta.

The victory did nothing to really hinder the Georgia fighting, but made a name for Forrest, and his command.

Today, the battlefield is preserved by a combination of a one-acre site, maintained by the National Park Service, and over 1,000 acres developed by a local battlefield preservation society. The NPS unit has the major text marker and map for the battlefield, along with two artillery pieces, and a monument. The other units consists of walking trails with text markers, an original cabin, a Confederate cemetery, and roadside makers on the approach to the battlefield.

This is not a Shiloh-type drive-thru park. You have to get out, walk, read and learn to get something out of it. My recommendation is to first stop at the battlefield visitor's center, at the junction of U.S. 45 and Mississippi 370, at Baldwyn. More than likely, unless you take backroads to the place, this junction is where you will start your trip to the battlefield. It is about four miles to the west, but the first markers start in about two miles to the west. The visitors center, featuring a movie, battlefield artifacts, and other displays is the best place to start your tour.

Brice's Crossroads is now much more than the one-acre site it use to be. Stop if you can, and take time to learn about some of your history.

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