2014 battle of corinth anniversary activities

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Ranger Leading Tour in Corinth

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News Release Date: September 14, 2014

Battle of Corinth Anniversary Activities

September 11, 2014

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Subject: Battle of Corinth Anniversary Activities

 

Shiloh National Military Park Acting Superintendent Tyrone Brandyburg is pleased to announce the park will offer interpretive programs commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Corinth. Park staff will offer in-depth walks and talks interpreting the Battle of Corinth on the actual dates of the historic battle, October 3-5, 2014. "We are excited to offer visitors the opportunity to participate in detailed battlefield programs on the actual ground where the events occurred at the actual times of day they occurred," Brandyburg stated. Park Rangers will lead three hikes on Friday, October 3rd, two hikes on Saturday, October 4th, and three hikes on Sunday, October 5th. "These hikes will provide visitors with a deeper understanding of what occurred during the fierce fighting, describe the real war experiences of soldiers and citizens, and provide rare opportunities for visitors to access park personnel for extended periods of time on the battlefield," commented Brandyburg. There is no fee charge for visitors to participate in the anniversary hikes.

To attend one or more of the battlefield hikes, please contact park staff at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center at 662-287-9273. Registered participants should meet the rangers at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center 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:

Friday, October 3, 2014
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 1st Minnesota 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 outskirts 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 Corinth Meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center
Hiking Distance: Car Caravan
Type of Terrain: Short distances on city sidewalks.

Join Ranger Rachel Winters on a car caravan tour 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. On this caravan and walking tour, participants will visit several historic homes and sites that witnessed the battle and learn about the citizens of Civil War Corinth.

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.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
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 p.m. to 2:30 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.

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.

Sunday, October 5, 2014
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 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.

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.

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. 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.



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