the most famous resident of tupelo was elvis presley. elvis presley was born in a two room "shotgun" house on january 8 th 1935. elvis presley became one of the most famous rock and roll singers in the world. he recorded scores of hit songs, acted in a number of hollywood films, and was a las vegas nightclub legend. you can tour elvis' birthplace home for a fee or you can see the house from the street for free. for admission and times see the attached web site.
In June of 1864, Union MG William Sherman successfully kept Confederat MG Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry corps in Mississippi at the Battle of Brices Cross Roads and away from the Federal supply line in Tennessee. To keep Forrest there in July, Sherman had to order another attack. The Battle of Tupelo was fought by more than 20,000 troops from the morning of July 14 to the evening of July 15, 1864. This landmark commemorates that battle. It is located on the intersection of a very busy road and a smaller suburban street. I thought there was more to it so I missed it the first time I drove by. There is a small pullout for parking and nothing more.
The Tupelo National Battlefield is part of the Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, the majority of which is north of town. I have not been to the rest of the park yet.
this most significant historic event in the town of tupelo was the battle of tupelo on july 14 th and 15 th 1864. union general william t. sherman ordered general a. j. "whiskey" smith to attack tupelo in order to protect his supply lines from tennessee to georgia. union forces approached tupelo from the southwest side of town and met in a swampy area just south of main street. confederate general stephen lee attacked the union right flank defended by union general joseph a. mower. confederate general nathan bedford forrest attacked the union left flank defended by union general benjamin grierson. after a two day battle the confederate forces were defeated and this union victory saved sherman's western supply lines.
the current lee county courthouse was built in 1904. this beautiful classical revival building was designed by architect patrick h. weathers. the lee county courthouse is listed on the national register of historic places.
the brices crossroad national battlefield site is located 15 miles north of tupelo off of US 45. the battle of brices crossroad was fought on june 10 th 1864 between the confederate forces of nathan bedford forrest and the union forces of samuel d. sturgis. sturgis entered northern mississippi from his base in memphis tennessee with the intention of attacking tupelo. general forrest learned of the invasion and decided to attack sturgis' troops north of town. when sturgis arrived at brices crossroad forrest mounted an attack. after a five hour battle the confederates won a decisive victory. sturgis retreated and forrest's troops pursued his troops all the way back to memphis. general william t. sherman demoted general stugis and ordered general a. j. "whiskey" smith to take tupelo. a month later general smith defeated general forrest at the battle of tupelo.
The Lee County Courthouse is very pretty with the columns, the white stone and the dome. It was built in 1904 using the Classic Revival style of architecture. It was designed by Patrick H. Weathers. There is a Veteran's Memorial; a Confederate Memorial and a tribute to the town's most famous resident, Elvis Presley on the grounds.
The Lee County Courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
This car is very similar to the one that Vernon Presley used to take him, Gladys and Elvis to Memphis to live when Vernon needed work. The two room house in Tupelo was built by Vernon but the family lost this house when Vernon was sent to prison for forging an $8 check. Consequently the family was forced to live on welfare from the local government.
If you are planning a trip to see Graceland try to get to Tupelo first and see the humble home where Elvis was born. You can learn some of his family's history and get a better idea about exactly where he came from, and what happened to him and his family before he hit it big in Memphis. It's easy to imagine a young Elvis playing outside the house and using the streets around this area. There is an interesting area that devotes quite a bit to comments from people who knew the family when they lived here.
There is only one Visitor Center along the entire 444-mile length of the Natchez Trace Parkway through three states, and that one is here in Tupelo.
At the visitor center you will find museum-type exhibits which tell the story of the historic Natchez Trace and a free orientation film. There is also an information desk where you can pick up maps and brochures listing points of interest along the Trace. The gift shop offers books and souvenirs. Restrooms are available.
Entrance to the Natchez Trace Parkway and to the Visitor Center is free.
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Open every day except Christmas
Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo on January 8, 1935 and lived in this house until the age of 13. He then moved to Memphis.
The building consists of only two rooms and it's almost impossible to imagine that an entire family could live there.
Entry Fee (withouth Museum):
Adults: USD 2.50
Children: USD 1.50
Mo - Sa: 9:00am to 5:30pm (until 5pm from October through April)
Su: 1:00 pm to 5:00pm
Closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
When we left Memphis, we felt a bit of a obligation to visit something in memory of Elvis Presley. Niki found Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis...It only was a small detour she said, it ended up a bit longer.
Although it wasn't really spectacular we where both happy that we went here.
We visited the really small mobile home, a chapel in his memory and the obligatory merchandise shop.
Picture taken June 10, 2003 at 14:14
located near the union cemetery at brices crossroads is the confederate cemetery. 492 confederate soldiers were killed in the battle of brices crossroads.
Open 9:00 to 5:30 Monday through Saturday May through September
and open 9:00 to 5:00 October through April. Open 1:00 to 5:00 on Sunday.
located at the brices crossroad battlefield is the union cemetery. after the battle of brices crossroad 664 union soldiers were killed and 1,500 taken prisoner.
the lee county confederate civil war memorial is located on the grounds of the lee county courthouse. this memorial is a standing soldier motif which is common in the south.