3 Civil War markers added to Heritage Trail

November 11, 2013 8:49:22 AM



TUPELO -- Tupelo now has three new markers on the Heritage Trails Enrichment Program. 


The Civil War trail markers were unveiled Friday. 


The Heritage Trails Program identifies and promotes people, places and events in Tupelo and Lee County. It features three main areas: the Chickasaw Nation, civil rights and African-American heritage and the Civil War. 


The Plank Road marker tells story of the winter of 1864, when Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood cut down thousands of trees to make a plank road to get through the mud and swamp. 


The Iron Furnace was named for the facility housing Union prisoners, a poorly vented warehouse building. 


The Younger Cabin's location near the railroad and the Pontotoc-to-Fulton Road was an ideal place for high-ranking officers to stay during the Civil War.