Tupelo Campaign: Old Town Creek, July 15 Historical

Tupelo Campaign: Old Town Creek, July 15 Historical (HM1XV6)

Location: Tupelo, MS 38804 Lee County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 18.437', W 88° 44.259'

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Although General Smith and the Union troops had defeated
the Confederates on July 14, according to Sherman's orders.
Smith should have attacked Forrest and Lee in an attempt to
destroy the Confederate cavalry. Examining his supplies that
evening, however, Smith learned that he was running Row
rations and ammunition. He concluded that a withdrawal
was in order.

The Union infantry began marching north on the morning
of July 15, and skirmishers were deployed to cover the
withdrawal. In the meantime the cavalry was ordered to lay
waste to several miles of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad. Once
the withdrawal was discovered, Confederate cavalry pursued
and caught up with the Federals that afternoon at Old Town
Creek.

An attack by Confederate cavalry and artillery from high
ground caught the Union soldiers off guard as they were
fording the creek. Federal troops recovered quickly, however
and pushed back the attackers. General Abraham Buford's
division was completely routed, and General Forrest was shot
in the foot. The Confederates pulled back, and the Federals
bivouacked here for the night before continuing their return
to Memphis.

Smith had not only accomplished his primary mission
of keeping Forrest away from Sherman's supply line in
Tennessee, he had crippled Forrest's command. The combat
effectiveness
of General Abraham Buford's Confederate
division was destroyed. General Lee wrote, am sure he
Forrest did the best as he saw it. I am sure I did my best
as saw it."

"I drove the enemy's rear before me to the creek bottom, with considerable loss.
... The support I was expecting not arriving, and the force of the enemy
being so much superior to my own, I was forced to withdraw."
  Confederate general Abraham Buford
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HM NumberHM1XV6
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Placed ByThe Civil War Trust
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Date Added Friday, April 14th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 340102 N 3797594
Decimal Degrees34.30728333, -88.73765000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 18.437', W 88° 44.259'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 18' 26.22" N, 88° 44' 15.54" W
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Area Code(s)662
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3782 Mt Vernon Rd, Tupelo MS 38804, US
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