Salem Cemetery Battlefield

Confederate Gen. N.B. Forrest ran into a Union ambush Dec. 19, 1862, near this circa-1820 cemetery. The battle, fought up and down the Cotton Grove Road, eventually turned in Forrest's favor after dislodging a Federal line in the cemetery. The Union force withdrew to Jackson, leaving Forrest to continue his raid north. An interpretive kiosk at the site helps explain the battle. Civil War Trails sign.