Corinth Crossroads: A Town Amidst War
"This new 20-minute film, produced by Argentine Productions of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, highlights the history surrounding the human drama experienced by our ancestors at Corinth during the Civil War," states Park Superintendent John Bundy. The film opens amid the bloody aftermath of the Confederate defeat at the battle of Shiloh and weaves its historic narrative by highlighting the wartime drama encountered by participants, both civilians and soldiers, who witnessed firsthand the continuing prosecution of the war during the subsequent siege and later battle of Corinth. As a town strategically located directly in the path of the war that transformed American society, the film further highlights the role Corinth played, while occupied by Union forces, in the lives of thousands of African-Americans who fled slavery and found safe haven at the Corinth Contraband Camp, which was inhabited by the freedmen and women until Union forces abandoned the town in early 1864.
Many of the live action sequences for Corinth Crossroads: A Town Amidst War were filmed in the immediate area in October 2012. Scenes were filmed at many of the surviving antebellum homes in Corinth and at related historic sites in Alcorn County, as well as using many locations on Shiloh battlefield.The majority of actors in the film, men, women, and children, as well as many of the voice overs depicting historic personages are current local citizens from Corinth, Alcorn and neighboring Hardin County.A large number of the costumes worn by actors were provided by C & D Jarnagin, Inc., in Corinth. The new park film is narrated by Mississippi native Cassandra Wilson, a Grammy Award winning Jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi.
The new film is available for purchase in the park's Eastern National Bookstore at Shiloh Battlefield and in the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. Park visitors can also view the film every 30 minutes throughout the day at the Center. The Center is open to visitation daily, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Did You Know?
Shiloh National Military Park was originally under the jurisdiction of the United States War Department, who worked with veterans to build and monument the park. It was only in 1933 that Shiloh and the other battlefields were transferred to the National Park Service.