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Iuka, built on the site of a Chickasaw Indian village, was founded in 1857. Woodall Mountain located 5 miles southwest of Iuka is the only state high point that was subject to a battle during the Civil War. The Battle of Iuka was on September 19, 1862. Woodall Mountain was renamed in 1887 in honor of Tishomingo Sheriff Zephaniah H. Woodall.