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(9-2012) Enlarge Prairie of Forrest's Charge at the Battle of Okolona. Forrest first struck the Union line at this location just as they were forming into columns to move out. The battle quickly turned into a route heading North up the old Ponotoc Road trace

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(9-2012) Enlarge (The Elliot-Donaldson House) Beauwood (1850). Located in downtown Okolona, General Forrests brother, Colonel Jeffrey Forrest, was brought here from the battlefield after his death on February 22 or 23, 1864 where he remained until funeral arrangements were finalized in Aberdeen, Mississippi. Forest was also brought here to recover from a wound he sustained during the Battle of Harrisburg. His wife joined him here during his recovery and then both Mr. and Mrs. Forrest returned for a stay after the War as guests of Colonel Shepherd (the then current owner)


(9-2012) Enlarge The Knox-Fitzgerald-Brannic House (1850). This house was used as a wartime hospital. Located in downtown Okolona

(9-2012) Enlarge Colonel James Gordon Grave (1853-1912). Buried in Okolona's 'Odd Fellows Cemetery', Col. Gordon raised and armed Mississippi's first Cavalry Company at his own expense ($32,000) and became a part of the 2nd Mississippi Cavalry. Col. Gordon was also sent to England by President Jefferson Davis to purchase a privateer. He also was a Holly Springs with Van Dorn and served in the U.S. Senate post war 1909-1910. Col. Gordon must have been aware of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic as he passed away in November of that same year. Gordon was not present at the Battle of Okolona. Tombstone Inscription: "Col. James Gordon. U.S. Senator, Born in Monroe, Co., Miss. December 6, 1833. Died in Okolona, Miss. November 28, 1912. Graduate of the University of Miss. He organized a regiment of Cavalry first known as the 4th Miss. - afterwards as the 2nd Miss. Cavalry. Was a Knight Templar, Statesman, Author, Poet, and a Christian Gentleman. 'Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace'. Psalms 37:37"


(9-2012) Enlarge General William F. Tucker (1827-1881). General Tucker, also at rest at Okolona's 'Odd Fellows Cemetery', was associated with the Chickasaw Guards and then the 41st Mississippi Infantry. He gained a reputation as a fearsome fighter at Chickamauga. He suffered a bad wound to his right arm at the battle of Resaca in 1864 but refused to let the doctor perform an amputation. He survived the wound but was tragically murdered in his own home in Okolona in 1881. The murderer's identity was never known. General Tucker was not present at the battle of Okolona. Tombstone Inscription: "Wm Fiemster Tucker. Born in Iredell Co. N.C. May 9, 1827. Died September 14, 1881. A Judge, A General, A Statesman. 'Like Jesus, his divine master, he went about doing good"


(9-2012) Enlarge Okolona Confederate Hospital Site. On this wooded corner lot stood the largest of the Confederate Hospitals in Okolona. The hospital was burned to the ground in 1862 or 1864

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