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History Is Lunch: Saving a Battlefield


Mississippi Department of Archives & History
William F Winter Archives and History Building, 200 North St 39201 Jackson United States
Edwina Carpenter will present “Saving a Battlefield: The Preservation of Brice’s Crossroads.”

At the beginning of June, 1864, Confederate Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest set out with his cavalry corps of about 2,000 men to enter middle Tennessee and destroy the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, which was carrying men and supplies to Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman in Georgia. On June 10, 1864, near Baldwyn, Mississippi, Forrest’s smaller force defeated a much larger column under Brig. Gen. Samuel Sturgis at Brice’s Crossroads. The victory against long odds cemented Forrest’s reputation as one of the foremost mounted infantry leaders of the Civil War.

The Brice’s Crossroads National Battlefield Commission has purchased 1600 acres of the site, and with the help of the Civil War Trust and local support, has interpreted seven areas on the battlefield. A one-acre site maintained by the National Park Service at the site of the Brice house contains a monument and two cannons which commemorate the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads.

Visitors to the Mississippi’s Final Stands Interpretive Center and Battlefields will find a complete look at the Civil War that includes a timeline, a memorial and remembrance wall, the exhibit “Mississippi in the Civil War,” military definitions, and a complete story of Brice’s Crossroads and Harrisburg-Old Town Creek battles. The 4000-square-foot center also features a flag exhibit, video and exhibit area, bookstore, and a conference room.

Edwina H. Carpenter serves as director of the Mississippi’s Final Stands Interpretive Center and Battlefields. She grew up in Baldwyn near the Brice's Crossroads site and has been involved in local history much of her life. Carpenter volunteered at the original battlefield museum on Highway 145 and worked summers at the Natchez Trace headquarters in Tupelo before attending the University of Mississippi, majoring in history.

The program will take place in the William F. Winter Archives and History Building, 200 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201. There is no charge to attend. For more information call 601-576-6998 or email info@mdah.state.ms.us.