Civil War Earthworks at Tallahatchie Crossing

Along Mississippi Highway 7 between Holly Springs and Oxford are the Civil War Earthworks at Tallahatchie Crossing. This site was the location parapets for Union cannons in late 1862 as General Grant moved along the Mississippi Central Railroad from their supply base in Holly Springs towards Oxford, and ultimately Vicksburg.

The mounds are all that remain at the site

This is a mostly unknown site with no signs or markers to help you find it. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and sits on federal public land surrounding Sardis Lake.

When you turn from Mississippi Highway 7 just north of the Little Tallahatchie River onto Old Oxford Road in Marshall County you will shortly pass through a farm field (cotton in 2018). Park along this road, and continue south along the field's eastern side. As you round the southern side of the field, the historic site will be just through the trees along the field's edge.

View of the mounds from their north side

All that remains are several mounds, covered in trees and other vegetation and fairly easy to distinguish from the surrounding flat land. It requires a little bit of bushwacking and searching around, but is an interesting little site in Mississippi.

See more of my photos here and for more information see the nomination form used to list the site on the NRHP.

The site is located behind the large trees left of center

The mounds are overgrown with trees

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