Corinth, Mississippi: The Crossroads of War
Johnston’s concentration and subsequent attack on the Union armies resulted in the Battle of Shiloh, fought April 6-7, 1862. After the battle, the Confederate army retreated to Corinth and finished creating an extensive defensive line around the town. From April 29 to May 30, 1862, the Union armies under command of Major General Henry W. Halleck laid siege to Corinth. On May 30, 1862, the Confederates abandoned Corinth, which allowed the Union armies to occupy the town. In October 1862, a Confederate army under the command of Major General Earl Van Dorn returned to Corinth and attacked the Union garrison under command of Major General William S. Rosecrans, resulting in a Union victory at the two-day Battle of Corinth, fought October 3-4, 1862.
Although much has changed in Corinth since the Civil War, some things have stayed the same. Two active railroads still intersect near the heart of town as they did during the Civil War, and portions of the battlefield and siege lines are preserved for visitors today to view. A portion of a contraband camp where approximately 6,000 formerly enslaved men, women, and children fled to freedom is preserved as a space where visitors can reflect on the meaning of freedom, sacrifice, and dignity.
Shiloh National Military Park also preserves the battlefield at Davis Bridge, where the final fighting of the Corinth Campaign occurred. Davis Bridge is approximately 18 miles northwest of Corinth, near Pocahontas, Tennessee. It is accessible by automobile.
What to Know Before Visiting
Entrance Fee: No fee
Hours of Operation: Open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm seven days a week (Closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.)
Address: 501 W Linden Street Corinth, MS 38834
Phone Number: (662) 287- 9273
Last updated: May 8, 2022