"A single field, dotted with spots of timber, separated the Lower Gallatin and Utica Roads, and the main force of the enemy was on the latter road. Finding that I would necessarily be driven into town by his artillery unless I moved up nearer, and believing from this evidence I had that his force was a single brigade, I made my dispositions to capture it ...."
Brig. Gen. John Gregg, CSA
While this trail covers only a portion of the battlefield, it includes the action at the bridge across Fourteenmile Creek. The terrain provides clues as to why the battle unfolded as it did. Research indicates that weather conditions, erroneous assumptions and misinformation dramatically affected the course of the battle.
The Friends of Raymond appreciate your interest in their preservation efforts and ask you to be considerate of local landowners by remaining within this park.
Additional interpretation can be found at McPherson's Ridge, one half-mile south along State Highway 18 and at Bledsoe's Battery one half-mile north, towards town. The Raymond City Cemetery contains 140 marked Confederate graves, the results of local citizens re-interring bodies from their battlefield graves in the 1860s. Union dead buried on this battlefield were likewise removed to the newly created Vicksburg National Military Cemetery in 1867.