Sesquicentenial of the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads and Tupelo / Harrisburg
Sesquicentenial of the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads and Tupelo / HarrisburgJune 13, 2014 - Friday thru Sunday - Battle of Brice’s Crossroads and Tupelo/Harrisburg
Registration for re-enactors, sutlers and modern vendors coming soon.
Visitors will be transported back in time during a three-day event to commemorate the anniversaries of the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads and the Battle of Tupelo-Harrisburg on June 13-15 2014.
Cleburne’s Division of Re-enactors will host the event on the 1500-acre Brice’s Crossroads Battlefield located at the intersection of Highway 370 and CR 833, and present two full-scale scripted battles with historically authentic scenarios. They will re-enact the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads as it really happened as well as the Battle of Tupelo. Camps will be open to the public beginning Friday when a children’s discovery day will be hosted by the re-enactors.
Both battles were part of the Federal’s Atlanta Campaign. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s plan was to destroy the Confederate army by dissecting the south and occupying Atlanta, GA. while keeping Gen. N.B. Forrest away from his supply lines.
Brice’s Crossroads battle fought June 10, 1864 resulted in a decisive victory for Gen. Forrest, however, Gen. A.J. Smith succeeded in beating back Forrest’s charges in the July 14, 1864 Battle of Harrisburg.
The event will also provide family entertainment and education as well as awareness of our local history.
In addition to realistic battles, an activities tent will host a variety of presentations from sewing and music in the Civil War to maneuvers used in the battle.
“Engineering, medical, and military demonstrations will be set up for spectators and programs will run all day on the hour in the Activity Tent,” said Edwina Carpenter, curator of the center and event organizer. Spectators can also enjoy a Ladies Tea with ladies dressed in period attire on Saturday in the Activities Tent.
For children ages 8-13, the weekend starts early with a Civil War Discovery Day at the Brice’s Crossroads’ Battlefield. Children will meet on Friday morning beginning at the center. Buses will transport the children to the battlefield where soldiers, dressed in period attire will greet them.
Participants will be invited to visit stations or camps to learn about different aspects of life as a Civil War soldier including music, uniforms, weapons and food. The children will also participate in a scavenger hunt at the Bethany Cemetery where they will be asked to find items such as names of families who first settled there. The day wraps up with a tasting of camp-fire prepared food before returning to the visitors center.
Also on Friday, cavalry and infantry will parade the Main Street in Baldwyn with a presentation of Colors, drum corps and troops in full attire. A reception honoring the Officers and parade participants will be held at 8 p.m. in downtown Azalea Court with a period band and light refreshments.
Spectators will witness the Grand Ball on Saturday night as the battles take second stage to an authentic social event. On Sunday morning, period church services including
a dedication and memorial to the soldiers will take place in the activity tent.The center located at 607 Grisham Street in Baldwyn.
For more information about these events, please contact Edwina Carpenter at 662-365-3969 or email@example.com