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10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ---- Battery Robinett: The Confederate Perspective

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: Car Caravan

Type of Terrain: Easy on grassy slopes.

The climax of the Battle of Corinth was in front of the small fort known as Battery Robinett.Join Park Ranger Tom Parson and experience this tragic assault in the words of the Confederate soldiers who fought here.Officers and enlisted men of the 42nd Alabama Infantry and the 9th Texas Cavalry were among the survivors of the battle and they recorded their harrowing experience in letters and journals.The walk will follow the route of this desperate charge all the way to the very ditch in front of Battery Robinett. This program will take place 153 years to the hour of the actual charge.

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1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ---- Daniel Murray and the 1st U.S. Infantry

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: 100 yards

Type of Terrain: Easy on a grassy slope.

Join Ranger Tom Parson as he gives a first-person account of Daniel Murray, an Irish immigrant and American solider.Daniel describes his life in the Regular Army at the outbreak of the war through the fighting at Battery Robinett.Prior to the Civil War Daniel served in Indian Territory and fought at the battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri.During the Battle of Corinth, he was one of 26 men from Company C, 1st U.S. Infantry, who was manning the heavy artillery inside of Battery Robinett.

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This talk was exceptional, even by Tom's standards. If you ever have the chance to see it, don't miss it. I guarantee you will enjoy it.

Jim

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10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ---- Caring for the Wounded and Dead

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: Car Caravan

Type of Terrain: Short distances of easy walking.

Three days of fighting at Corinth and Davis Bridge resulted in over 8,000 men killed, wounded or captured.Many of the wounded were taken to Corinth's homes and hotels which had been pressed into service as hospitals.This caravan tour, led by Ranger Rachel Winters, will visit the sites of some of these impromptu hospitals, such as the Tishomingo Hotel, Corinth House, and Corona Female College. In the days following the battle, over 900 fresh graves were dug. This tour will also address the burial process for those fallen soldiers, both Union and Confederate.

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As usual, Rachel gave a great talk.

3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. ----The Occupation of Corinth

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: 300 yards

Type of Terrain: Easy on a grassy slope.

The Battle of Corinth did not end the military activity in Corinth.The Union forces would occupy the town of Corinth for fifteen months following the battle.During that time thousands of African Americans flocked to Corinth and took their first steps toward full citizenship, business men capitalized on the Union Army's presence and citizens interacted with the soldiers. Join Park Ranger Jim Minor for a short walk and explore life in occupied Corinththrough the various perspectives of soldiers, African Americans, citizens, and business men. The discussion will include the return of the Confederates to the city and the attempts to place the railroads back in operation.

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I've always enjoyed Jim's talks. This one was a little bittersweet as it's the last one Jim will give as a Ranger. He is retiring. We can always hope he comes back as one of those high paid volunteers, ala Bjorn.

Jim

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