Davis Bridge Battlefield
(October 6, 1862)
Battle of Davis Bridge, or Hatchie River, as it is sometimes known by, was the
final battle in the largely successful Union incursion into the Deep South known
as the Corinth Campaign. After their defeat at Corinth, the Confederate
army, commanded by C.S. Generals Earl Van Dorn and Sterling Price, began a
retreat westward. U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant ordered U.S. General
Edward Ord and U.S. General Stephen Hurlbut to move behind the Hatchie River,
capture Davis Bridge, and trap the fleeing Confederate soldiers. U.S. General
William Rosecrans would then follow the Confederates into the trap and annihilate
Davis Bridge Battlefield is located in Pocahontas, Tennessee, off of Highway 57 in south-western Tennessee. The Battlefield is off Pocahontas Road, south of the town of Pocahontas. The battlefield is well sign-posted.
Davis Bridge Battlefield is privately owned by the Davis Bride Memorial Foundation. The battlefield today is fairly secluded, which only adds to the atmosphere at this site. The battlefield itself is divided into two sections. The main section consists of a small clearing with an informatory panel, two monuments, both dedicated to the Confederate soldiers who died here, and a row of Confederate graves. A short walk from the clearing is the site of Davis Bridge. The bridge itself has long since vanished, but one can still see the spot on the Hatchie River where the most desperate and bloody fighting of the battle took place. A few miles from the main portion of the battlefield is the site of the former town of Metamora, where soldiers skirmished early in the battle. I would highly recommend visiting this battlefield on its own, but it's proximity to Shiloh National Military Park makes it an excellent excursion from that park.