Battle of Iuka mobile audio tour powered by OnCell
The telephone number of the audio tour is (662) 205-3144. You may see these little signs throughout the county to depict various spots of interest, including the marinas, historic homes and buildings, historic churches, etc. The tour is now fully operational and we trust you will check it out!
Battle of Iuka 150th Re-enactment Site
North Pearl Street / Chicken Run Road (County Road 241) is the official site of the Battle of Iuka 150th Re-enactment.
Civil War’s Battle of Iuka
The Battle of Iuka, one of the bloodiest battles in Civil War history, took place on September 19, 1862, in Iuka, Mississippi. Historical marker at 2445 Veterans Drive. Lat 34.47.43N, Long 88.12.29W
5th Iowa Regiment
The 5th Iowa Regiment was the leading regiment of Union Gen. Hamilton’s Brigade. In the ensuing conflict, the 5th Iowa sustained high losses with 7 commissioned officers killed and 8 wounded; and 3 enlisted men killed and 168 wounded. Historical Marker at Lat 34.47.47N, Long 88.12.28W
48th Indiana Infantry Regiment
The 48th Indiana Infantry Regiment was a part of Col. Sanborn’s Union Brigade. With only a deep ravine between them and the advancing Rebels, they sustained many casualties. After enduring a half hour of cannon fire, the Rebels appeared from the undergrowth of the valley below, advancing up the hill in three lines, each with two men deep. The 16th Iowa fired into the disorganized mass, which killed and wounded nearly 100 of the Rebels. Historical marker at 195 Fairgrounds Road. Lat 34.47.50N, Long 88.12.29W.
11th Ohio Battery
The main thrust of the Battle of Iuka was to capture the six cannons of the 11th Ohio Battery that were situated on this site and commanded by Lt. Sears. It took 5 bloody charges by Gen. Hébert to take the cannons. The first two Confederate regiments to reach the cannons were the 3rd Texas and the 1st Texas Legion. The losses of the 11th Ohio at Iuka were 22% greater than those sustained by any other light battery in any one engagement during the Civil War. Historical marker at 199 Hermitage Drive. Lat 34.47.51N, Long 88.12.27W
3rd Louisiana Regiment
The 3rd Louisiana, a unit in General Hébert’s 2nd Confederate Brigade, was in the heat of the Iuka battle. A skirmisher from that regiment allegedly fired the “first gun” that shot during the battle. Out of 264 men in their regiment, 81 in the 3rd Louisiana were wounded, 9 killed, and 15 missing. 2048 Holly Drive. Lat 34.47.49N, Long 88.12.24W.
Stop # 70
14th and 17th Arkansas
Gen. Hébert deployed his 2nd Brigade with the 14th and 17th Arkansas Regiments in rear of the 3rd Texas and 3rd Louisiana Regiments. The men quickly learned that the tough fighters of the 5th Iowa would not be driven back easily. With persistent charges, men of the Arkansas regiments joined Col. Whitfield’s dismounted Texas cavalrymen to chase the Federals from the battery for the last time. 2060 Holly Drive. Lat 34.47.50N, Long 88.12.24W.
Stop # 71
The interesting thing about the 8th Wisconsin is that it was called the Eagle Regiment because it had an eagle for a mascot. Named “Old Abe,” he was a pet for the entire regiment.
Stop # 72 80th Ohio
The 80th Ohio was a Union regiment in Gen. Sullivan’s 2nd Brigade that bivouacked in the area at the end
of the battle. At one point they took on fire from the Rebels, and when they returned the fire, they realized that they were firing into the 4th Minnesota. Due to the gun smoke and encroaching darkness, it was impossible to distinguish friend from foe.
Stop # 73
37th and 38th Mississippi
Just as Gen. Hébert began his vicious attack against the Union line and the 11th Ohio, Gen. Little arrived from the north with Martin’s Brigade. Some of the Mississippians and Alabamians in Martin’s Brigade watched the Union cannonballs going overhead and joked about “buzzards passing.”
Stop # 74
37th Alabama and 36th Mississippi The 37th Alabama had 304 men, and the 36th Mississippi had 326 men. When first ordered to the battlefront, the troops made jokes about Gen. Price, thinking that it was just another false alarm. They quickly sobered when they had to march double time to the battle line.
Stop # 75
The 40th Mississippi which was deployed in this area was the only one of Gen. Hébert’s units that had never been in combat. This unit was unusual in that it contained the tallest man and the largest boy in the Confederate Army. The tallest man was about 7 feet high, and the 17-year-old boy weighed more than 300 pounds.
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The 26th Missouri Union Regiment was placed in the line of battle behind the 5th Iowa to meet Gen. Hé- bert’s advancing force. Their position, in the midst of the overwhelming Confederate advance and the tangled horses struggling to get away, was very difficult to maintain, and the 26th fell back in much disor- der. 2485 Veterans Drive. Lat 34.47.49N, Long 88.12.27W.
1st and 3rd Texas
The first two Confederate units to reach the cannons of the 11th Ohio Battery were the 3rd Texas and the 1st Texas Legion. Lt. W. F. F. Wynn of the 1st Texas Legion was said to be the first man to advance up the hill and place his hand on a Federal cannon. Just as he did so, he
was pierced by a mortal wound. 2076 Holly Drive. Lat 34.47.51N, Long 88.12.23W.
Stop #80 Fuller’s Brigade
Fuller’s Brigade was a Union brigade which advanced toward Iuka on the Jacinto Road and formed the rear of the Union force. When the brigade was about three miles from Iuka, they were halted in the Jacinto Road south of a two-story log home known as the Dick Rick’s Place which served the Union Army as a hospital after the battle.