Tishomingo Creek Bridge

Tishomingo Creek Bridge (HM162F)

Location: Baldwyn, MS 38824 Arlington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 30.7', W 88° 44.007'

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The Federal retreat at the Battle of Brice's Crossroads was funneled onto a small bridge across Tishomingo Creek. The structure was too narrow for Sturgis' Expeditionary Force, and the span quickly became a bottleneck as horses, wagons, cannon, and men all raced to cross the creek at the same time.

The rains of the previous several days had raised the water level of the deeply banked creek, making it very difficult to cross without using the bridge. Panicked soldiers and horses in full retreat attempted to swim across; many crossed successfully, but others were swept away by the rushing waters of the swollen creek.

In 1953 some local residents discovered human remains in the Tishomingo creekbed, less than 100 yards from this spot. The partial skeleton is most likely that of a Union soldier who fought at the Battle of Brice's Crossroads, and was found with a pocket watch and the rusted remnants of an Army canteen and rifle. The bones are now interred alongside other Civil War soldiers in the Bethany Cemetery.

Bottom Quote: "The creek banks at the bridge were very high, and many men jumped into the swift stream below, taking their chances at getting across without being drowned or killed by the incessant fire from Morton's Artillery on the bank."Captain John W. Morton, Artillery Chief, Forrest's Cavalry

Upper Right Corner Drawing: "Deadbrook after the Battle of Ezra's Church" Harper's Weekly

Center Photograph: Grapevine Bridge over the Chickahominy River in Virginia, built by the 5th New Hampshire Infantry, May 1862. Photographed by D. B. Woodbury. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Civil War Photographs

Top Right Photograph: Tishomingo Creek, 1921. Photographed by S. A. Murff. Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Bottom Right Map: Bridge Location. The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War. David Rumsey Map Collection
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 9:29pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 340877 N 3820254
Decimal Degrees34.51166667, -88.73345000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 30.7', W 88° 44.007'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 30' 42.00" N, 88° 44' 0.42" W
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Area Code(s)662
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000 Co Rd 166, Baldwyn MS 38824, US
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