Battle of Corinth Anniversary Activities
Contact: Rachel Winters, 662-287-9273
September 19, 2011
Shiloh National Military Park Superintendent Woody Harrell is pleased to announce the park will offer for the third year interpretive programs commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Corinth. Activities for children, rifle demonstrations, as well as in-depth interpretive hikes are planned starting Saturday, October 1, and will conclude on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. A new program offered this year for the younger Civil War historian is a Civil War Kids Day. Children ages 9 to 12 are invited to visit the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center to participate in a variety of activities that will introduce them to several aspects of the Civil War. The Civil War Kids Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 1 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Parents are required to accompany their children. To participate in the Civil War Kids Day, please contact Ranger Rachel Winters at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center at 662-287-9273.
On Sunday, October 2, 2011, park staff will present several interpretive programs throughout the day. All of the programs will be presented at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center except for the 11:30 a.m. program. First Steps of Freedom: Corinth Contraband Camp, will be presented at the Contraband Camp located on North Parkway Street in Corinth. Registration is not required to attend the scheduled Sunday programs. Meet the ranger at the appointed time and location.
10:00 a.m. - Stream of American History 11:00 a.m. - Infantry: Backbone of the Army 11:30 a.m. - First Steps of Freedom: Corinth Contraband Camp 1:00 p.m. - Artillery: Long Arm of the Army 2:00 p.m. - Infantry: Backbone of the Army 2:30 p.m. - Stream of American History 3:00 p.m. - Prelude to the Battle of Corinth
Park staff will offer in-depth hikes interpreting the Battle of Corinth on the actual dates of the historic battle, October 3-5, 2011. "We are excited to be able to offer visitors to the park the opportunity to participate in detailed battlefield hikes on the actual ground where the events occurred at the actual times of day they occurred, 149 years after the fact," Harrell stated. Park Rangers will lead two hikes on Monday, October 3, two hikes on Tuesday, October 4, and one hike on Wednesday, October 5. "These hikes will provide visitors with a deeper understanding of what occurred during the fierce fighting, describe the real war experiences of the Northern and Southern soldiers, and provide rare opportunities for visitors to access park personnel for extended periods of time on the battlefield," commented Harrell. "These hikes will allow visitors to experience portions of the battlefield not routinely visited by the public, and allow the hikers a chance to interact with battlefield guides who will present in-depth analysis of the strategic and tactical movements of the troops," added Chief of Interpretation Stacy Allen. There is no fee for visitors to participate in the anniversary hikes.
To attend one or more of the battlefield hikes, please contact Park Rangers Tom Parson or Jim Minor at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center at 662-287-9273. Registered participants should meet the guides at the appointed sites, and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the programs. Visitors attending more than one hike are encouraged to have food and water available.
The following are the anniversary hikes which are being offered, with starting times and distances of each program.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center Hiking Distance: Car Caravan Type of Terrain: Easy walking in grassy fields Join Park Ranger Tom Parson on a car caravan tour and explore the fighting which occurred on the first day of the Battle of Corinth. This program will begin at the Corinth Interpretive Center and proceed to Alexander's Crossroads for the first battlefield discussion. The tour will then follow the movements of the Confederate Army as the Southerners advance against the Union left flank. After Alexander's Crossroads the car caravan will continue to Cane Creek Crossing, Oliver's Hill, and Battery F. This tour will follow the Confederate advance of General Maury and General Lovell, against the stubborn defense of General McArthur's Union troops.
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ----- THE THIN UNION LINE COLLAPSES
Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center Hiking Distance: Car Caravan Type of Terrain: Short Distance of Easy Walking Join Park Ranger Charles Spearman and explore the desperate fighting on October 3, as Union forces attempted to withstand the determined Confederate onslaught on the Union right flank. Union General Thomas Davies was sent by General Rosecrans, on the morning of October 3, 1862, to prevent the enemy from penetrating beyond the old Confederate works on the Federal right. This tour will follow the attack of Confederate General Sterling Price's Army of the West as the Southerners force General Davies's outnumbered Union Division to fall back while engaged in fierce fighting. The car caravan tour will follow the action of the Confederate attack as it advances toward Corinth and many brave men went down including Union General Pleasant Hackleman, who cries out, "I am dying, but I die for my country. If we are victorious send my remains home, if not, then bury me on the field."
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ------ BATTERY POWELL IS LOST! GENERAL GREEN'S CONFEDERATES BREAKTHROUGH
Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center Hiking Distance: 1 Mile Type of Terrain: Easy walking on grassy slope, paved streets, and sidewalks Walk with Park Ranger Tom Parson and learn about the Confederate forces overrunning Battery Powell. This presentation will focus on the Confederate attack on General Davies' Division and the breaking of the Federal line at Battery Powell, and also the movement in front of Union Colonel DuBois's Brigade. Discussions will examine the attack of Confederate General Green's Division, and the breakthrough of the Union position at Battery Powell. The program will also provide interpretation on the collapse of Colonel DuBois's line, the street to street fighting in downtown Corinth, the fierce combat around the railroad crossroads, and the flank attack of the 5th Minnesota Infantry. The hike will begin at the Interpretive Center, proceed to the site of Battery Powell, turn south and walk through the historic district to Trailhead Park. Visitors will have the option of returning to the Interpretive Center, or visiting the Depot Museum.
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ------ THE BLOODY FIGHT FOR BATTERY ROBINETT
Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center Hiking Distance: 500 yards Type of Terrain: Easy on a grassy slope Walk with Park Ranger Jim Minor and learn more about the tremendous struggle around Battery Robinett. This presentation will focus on the placement and characteristics of the fort, and the Union infantry of the 1st Brigade, Second Division, Army of the Mississippi. Discussions will include details of the pre-dawn artillery bombardment, and the subsequent capture of the rifled cannon from Tobin's Tennessee Battery. Descriptions will also include the placement of Union Colonel John Fuller's four regiments, as well as the 11th Missouri Infantry of Union Colonel Joseph Mower's Brigade. The details of the fighting between the Federals and the Confederate Brigades of General John Moore, and General Charles Phifer, and the aftermath of the fighting and the photographs of the Confederate dead will be examined. This program will also describe the Confederate assault led by Colonel William Rogers, and his death at Battery Robinett. This walk will begin at the Interpretive Center, and continue to the intersection of Linden Street and Fulton Street, and then return to the Interpretive Center.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ------ THE DIE IS CAST: THE STRUGGLE FOR DAVIS BRIDGE
Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center Car Caravan Distance: Car Caravan to Davis Bridge, and approximate ½ mile walk Type of Terrain: Moderate Walking across steep grassy slopes and dirt roads Park Ranger Tom Parson will lead a car caravan trip which will begin at the Corinth Interpretive Center and will include interpretation on the Confederate rear guard action after the Battle of Corinth, and General Steven Hurlbut and General Edward Ord's attempt to block the retreat of the Southern armies. This program will discuss the desperate struggle of the Confederate forces to retreat back to Mississippi while eluding capture and saving their supply wagons. The route of the car caravan will begin at the Corinth Interpretive Center and then proceed to the site of General Earl Van Dorn's Confederate camps in Chewalla, at the intersection of Wenesoga Road and Turner Road. The next stop will be at the site of Young's Bridge on the Tuscumbia River. The caravan will then proceed to Metamora Ridge. The tour will then proceed on foot down the slope to the site of Davis Bridge on the Hatchie River. Additional details will include the Confederate retreat from Corinth, the Confederate wagon guard, the fighting at Young's Bridge, the Union advance from Bolivar (Tennessee), the Union activities on Metamora Ridge, the Federal attack and charge to the Hatchie River, the Confederate defense of the east bank of the Hatchie River, and the Confederate escape across Crum's Mill.
The Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center is located at 501 West Linden Street in Corinth, Mississippi. The Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information regarding the Battle of Corinth anniversary activities scheduled, contact park staff at 662-287-9273.
Did You Know?
Famous author Ambrose Bierce served in the 9th Indiana Infantry at Shiloh. His regiment arrived with Don Carlos Buell's Army of the Ohio, and saw heavy action on the second day of battle. The soldier-turned writer left a vivid account of his exploits in the battle.