643 Acres at Davis Bridge
August 2009: Through the generous donations of CWPT members we were able to add these 643 acres at Davis Bridge to the saved category!
On October 5, 1862, U.S. Grant sent a force of 8,000 under Maj. Gen. E. O. C. Ord, to intercept Confederate Gen. Earl Van Dorn. Ord slammed into the vanguard of the retreating Confederate column at Davis Bridge on the Hatchie River.
Ord drove the head of the Confederate column back across the river, seized the bridge, and charged his troops into the thicket east of the river. Confederates defending the heights east of the crossing inflicted heavy casualties on the Federals and checked their advance. Van Dorn troops escaped the Union trap, but his offensive was now at an end.
The bridge across the Hatchie River has long since washed away and the banks of the river have undergone erosion, but the battlefield site retains an extremely high degree of integrity. Now we have the opportunity to buy and preserve the entire battlefield east of the Hatchie River.