Fight for the CrossroadsThe Crossroads is a junction formed by the Middle Road from the east, the Ratliff plantation road from the south and the Jackson Road from the north as it descends from the crest of Champion Hill and turns west. At 1:30 p.m. on May 16, 1863, Federal forces overran the crest of Champion Hill, one-half mile north, pushing back the Confederate forces of Stephen D. Lee and Alfred Cumming. James Slack's brigade of Alvin P. Hovey's Union division attacked the Crossroads from the northeast. The 24th Iowa captured the four guns of Waddell's Alabama Battery that had opposed Peter Osterhaus' and Eugene Carr's Union divisions approaching on the Middle Road. Frances Cockrell's Confederate brigade of Missourians and Arkansans counterattacked and drove the Federals back over the crest of Champion Hill. The Federals soon rallied and recaptured Champion Hill and the Crossroads. The outnumbered Confederates hastily retreated to the Big Black River.
|Placed By||The Champion Heritage Foundation|
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|Date Added||Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 4:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 732499 N 3579547|
|Decimal Degrees||32.32866667, -90.53000000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 32° 19.72', W 90° 31.8'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||32° 19' 43.2" N, 90° 31' 48" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2548-2554 Billy Fields Rd, Edwards MS 39066, US|
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