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News Release Date: September 20, 2013
Contact: Ashley Berry, 662-287-9273

Shiloh National Military Park Superintendent John Bundy is pleased to announce the Corinth Battlefield Unit will offer a number of interpretive programs to commemorate the anniversary of 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, 2013."We are excited to be able to offer visitors the opportunity to participate in detailed battlefield hikes on the actual ground where the events occurred at the actual times of day they occurred, 151 years after the fact," Bundy stated.

"The 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 staff for extended periods of time on the battlefield," commented Bundy.The programs 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.

To attend one or more of the battlefield programs, please contact park staff at 662-287-9273.All programs begin at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.Registered participants should meet the guides at the appointed times, 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:

Thursday, October 3, 2013

9:30 a.m to 11:00 a.m. ---- 1st Minnesota Light Artillery

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: Car Caravan

Type of Terrain: Short distance on easy walking path

Park Ranger Tom Parson will lead a driving and walking tour which will follow the path taken by the 1stMinnesota Light Artillery on October 3, 1862. "Munch's Battery," was one of the first units engaged in the Battle of Corinth and their long day took them from the outskirt of Chewalla, TN., to Cane Creek, Oliver's Hill, Battery F, and ended in the shadow of the Corona College.

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ----Citizens of CorinthMeet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: 800 yards

Type of Terrain: Grassy field and city sidewalks

Join Ranger Rachel Winters on a short 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.Hear the citizens' own words of what life was like in Civil War Corinth.This program will conclude at the crossroads.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 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 works, 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 Charlie Spearman 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.

Friday, October 4, 2013


10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ----Seven Forts

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: Car Caravan

Type of Terrain: Short distances of easy walking

Ranger Tom Parson will lead a driving tour around Corinth to visit the original sites of the seven forts of the "Rosecrans Line," Batteries Lothrop, Tanrath, Madison, Phillips, Williams, Robinett, and Powell.At each stop participants will learn details about the forts such as when it was constructed and with what materials, how it got its name, what type of cannon were installed within the walls, and what part the fort played in the two day battle.

1:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.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 city sidewalks

Ranger Jim Minor will lead a walking tour from the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center to the historic railroad crossing. Join him in discussing Stirman's Arkansas Sharpshooters flanking movement, penetration of the union lines, and ultimate arrival at the strategic crossroads.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

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

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: Car Caravan and ½ mile walking

Type of Terrain: Easy on a paths 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.

10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ---- Caring for the Wounded and Dead

Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Hiking Distance: 300 yards

Type of Terrain: Easy on grassy slope

Join Park Ranger Rachel Winters for a discussion about the casualties in both armies and how they were treated. Three days of fighting resulted in over 8,000 men killed, wounded, or captured. Corinth landmarks such as the Tishomingo Hotel and the Corinth House were pressed into service as hospitals as was nearly every public building and many of the private homes. Treatment in a hospital under primitive conditions was no guarantee of a swift recovery. In the days following the battle over 900 fresh graves were dug, and most of them are still located in the neighborhoods and fields around Corinth.

2:00 p.m. to 2:45 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. Join Ranger Jim Minor for a discussion of the Union occupation of Corinth which lasted until January, 1864. In addition, the return of the Confederates to the city and the attempts to place the railroads back into operation will be discussed.


Did You Know?

Indian Mound

Shiloh National Military Park contains within its boundaries an almost pristine set of Indian Mounds. Although not significant in terms of the battle, the mounds complex (a National Historic Landmark in and of itself) contains a fascinating and important history in its own right.