Re: gr,gr grand fathers burial site
Mr. Brickey: During the time of the war, Tupelo was a small new town established on the side of the M & O RR which was completed around 1859. I do not believe that there was a hospital as such, but the sick and wounded, were sheltered in any available place that could be found. I have passed on some information on this subject to GP on this site in the past. Some of us see the battle as a three day fight. Along the roads between Pontotoc and Harrisburg, at Harrisburg and at old Town Creek. The Union army was at Harrisburg two nights and one day and the Confederates were mostly CAV. I tell you this so that you will understand that the battle covered a very large area. One good source for the study of this battle is by Ed Bearss done for the NPS in 1969. After the battle, some of the wounded from both sides were taken to a shelter by the RR tracks and tended to by medical people left behind by the Union army. There is an old cemetary NNW of there about 3/4 mile on a hill that is still active. Some 300 wounded were taken to Dr. Calhoun's home which is 2-3 miles SW of the main battle site. 17 to 19 of these men were buried just west of that house. Some of the wounded were taken to Wayside Hospital in Okolona. There is a cemetary that is said to contain upwards to a thousand men. At Lauderdale Springs, north of Meridan, there are 6 or 7 graves that are listed as being from Harrisburg. The site maintained by the MPS as the Battle of Tupelo is the old Harrisburg Cemetary. In 1941, the park service remarked 13 graves there, none from the battle. After Forrest was shot in the foot, on the 3rd day, he was reported to have been treated at a house in Verona. In the cemetary at Verona, there are 3 marked graves from this time, 2 having been reentured from other sites. When you consider the time of the year and the fluid nature of the battle, one could be led to believe that many were buried where they fell. There are one or two marked graves off of Thomas Street which would be about the end of the Union left. The land owner and a gentlemen who bird hunted the area as a youth, both have said in the past there were a lot of grave markers, which have since been removed. In the Curruth cemetary in Chesterville community, there is a mass marker for 69 Confederate unknown. One of the most interesting spots related to the battle is on a hill on the old Town Creek battle field site. The landowner's grandfather was present at the battle. About where Rices 4, 12 pounders started the fight, is a mound which he called "sacred ground". He instructed that it not be disturbed in any way and the family has complied with his wishes to this day. Along the road way north of this mound, a couple of hundred feet, the grandson gave an acre of land to the CWPT this summer so that it could be preserved as a memorial site. Considing that this land has been owned by that family since 1840, it should be considerd a great gift to the CW community. There is hope that more of this land can be preseverd, as the main battlefield is completely covered by urban development. I realize that all of this does not tell you where Grandpa rests, but I hope you good luck in your search. "Forrest later reported. The battle of Harrisburg will stamp with immortality the gallant dead and the living heros it has made."