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The interpretive has posted the anniversary schedule: 

 

Corinth Anniversary Events 2016

Date & Time
Everyday from 10/03/2016 to 10/05/2016 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Fee Information
FREE
Contraband Camp

 

Monday, October 3, 2016
 

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ----Civilians in Corinth
Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: Car Caravan and ¼ mile walk

Type of Terrain: Short distances on city sidewalks.

Join Ranger Rachel Winters on a guided walk through historic Corinth to explore the roles of civilians in war-torn Corinth.While most of the town's citizens fled with the Confederate withdrawal in May 1862, some did stay in town throughout the Union occupation.Many volunteers came from across the country to tend the wounded throughout the war, and thousands came in search of freedom.On this caravan and walking tour, participants will visit several historic homes and sites that witnessed the battle and learn about the civilians of Civil War Corinth.

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ----Fight at Battery F
Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: 200 yards

Type of Terrain: Short distances on an easy grassy slope.
In July 1862, Henry Halleck ordered the construction of a defensive line of artillery redoubts to protect Corinth against any force approaching from the west and south.By late summer, all six of the redoubts were constructed including Battery F. Park Ranger Tom Parson will lead a driving tour to Battery F to explore events which occurred in and around this location.The program will discuss the construction of the Halleck line, Brig. Gen. John McArthur's counter attack northwest of Battery F, Brig. Gen. John C. Moore's attack on Battery F and the later defense of the battery by Crocker's Iowa Brigade.

2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ---- Davies' Thin Blue Line

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: Car Caravan

Type of Terrain: Short distances of easy walking.

On the morning of October 3rd Brigadier General Thomas Davies was sent forward by Major General William Rosecrans with confusing orders and 1,500 men to hold the Union right against an attack by Confederate Major General Sterling Price's Army of the West with 9,000 men.Overwhelmed at the old Confederate earthworks, Davies would pull back to the White House line to make a stand.Aided by hard fighting, intense heat, and Confederate command confusion, Davies men would hold until relieved at 4:30 p.m.During this stand Brigadier General Charles Hamilton would have a perfect opportunity to attack the exposed Confederate left flank.Due to a series of confused orders and Hamilton's lack of initiative, the attack would be bungled and occur too late.The car caravan lead by Ranger Timothy Arnold will travel to the site of the Confederate earthworks of the old Beauregard Line and the site of the fighting at the White House fields.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

10:00 p.m. to 10:30 a.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.

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.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 154 years to the hour of the actual charge.

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ---- Stirman's Arkansas Sharpshooters

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: 700 yards

Type of Terrain: Easy on a grassy slope and concrete.

Join Volunteer Jim Minor for a walking tour from the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center to the historic railroad crossing. This program will discuss General Earl Van Dorn's orders to establish a sharpshooter battalion as well as explore Col. Ras Stirman's Arkansas Sharpshooters' flanking movement, penetration of the Union lines, and ultimate arrival at the strategic crossroads. The discussion will also look at the movements of Dee's Michigan Battery and the 5th Minnesota Infantry.

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ---- Wager Swayne and the Medal of Honor

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: 200 yards

Type of Terrain: Easy on a grassy slope.

Join Ranger Tom Parson on a short walk to discover the challenges faced by Lt. Col. Wager Swayne during the heat of battle.The program will discuss how the decisions he made leading the men of the 43rd Ohio Infantry resulted in him being awarded the Medal of Honor.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ---- Hell on the Hatchie: Davis Bridge

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Driving Distance: 35 miles round trip

Hiking Distance: Car Caravan and ½ mile walking

Type of Terrain: Easy walking on a path and dirt road.

Following the Battle of Corinth, the Confederate Army of West Tennessee was in full retreat.The heavy fighting at the Battle of Corinth, October 3 &4, 1862, had crippled the army under Major General Earl Van Dorn and he sought to return to Mississippi to rest and refit his forces.The path to safety led across Davis Bridge on the Hatchie River in Tennessee.In an effort to block the Confederate escape, a Union column under Major General Edward O. C. Ord was dispatched from Bolivar, Tennessee.Park Ranger Tom Parson will lead this car caravan tour and short walk of the Davis Bridge Battlefield.

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ---- Flags of Corinth

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: None

Type of Terrain: None

Join Ranger Tom Parson in a discussion of the various flags used in the Battle of Corinth. In the 1890's a controversy began over the capture of the 9th Texas Cavalry flag by Orrin Gould of the 27th Ohio Infantry. Veterans of the 9th Texas Cavalry disputed the captured flag was from their regiment and claimed it actually came from the 2nd Texas Infantry. The recent announcement of the discovery and preservation of the flag of the 2nd Texas Infantry may finally put an end to the disagreement.

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ----First Steps of Freedom: Corinth Contraband Camp

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: ¼ mile

Type of Terrain: Easy on a level sidewalk.

The migration of African American refugees into occupied Corinth dramatically increased following issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862.To accommodate the refugees, Union Gen. Grenville M. Dodge established a camp northeast of town.Join park volunteer Patrice Gaines to explore the camp and to discover how the Corinth Contraband Camp was the first step on the road to freedom for thousands of people.

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ---- Caring for the Wounded and Dead

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center Auditorium

Hiking Distance: None

Type of Terrain: None

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 power point presentation, led by Ranger Rachel Winters, will discuss some of these impromptu hospitals, such as the Tishomingo Hotel, Corinth House, and Corona Female College, and the people who served in them.In the days following the battle, over 900 fresh graves were dug.This program will discuss the burial process for those fallen soldiers, both Union and Confederate.

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Location:
Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Time:
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Fee Information:
FREE

Contact Name:
Ashley Berry

Contact Phone Number:
662-287-9273
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