Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center - Corinth MS
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N 34° 56.243 W 088° 31.802
16S E 360269 N 3867167
Quick Description: The brand new Corinth Interpretive Center, a component of the US National Park Service.
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date Posted: 5/6/2015 4:57:45 PM
Waymark Code: WMNVG1
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Bernd das Brot Team
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Long Description:
The Corinth Interpretive Center is a wonderful addition to the area's already rich Civil War discovery options. Opened in 2004, the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center was built on the site of battery Robinett, which nearly fell into Confederate hands after fierce fighting on 4 Oct 1862.

Corinth is not as well known as the famous Battle of Shiloh which occurred 30 miles away in TN. But for real students of Civil War history, the Battle of Corinth has a far greater impact in the prosecution of the war than did the battle of Shiloh. Corinth MS was the site of a crossing of two main railroads, the Memphis & Charleston and the Mobile & Ohio. These two railroads were the only major standard gauge railroads in the Confederacy. They were therefore military targets of immense importance.

Once the Confederates were finally defeated at Corinth and had to withdraw from the Mid-Mississippi Valley, leaving this rail junction in Federal hands, it presaged the inevitable end of the war, because from then on, the South was on the defensive in its own heartland.

From Civilwar.org: (visit link)

"Second Battle of Corinth
October 3-4, 1862

After the Battle of Iuka, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price’s Confederate Army of the West marched from Baldwyn to Ripley where it joined Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn’s Army of West Tennessee. Van Dorn was senior officer and took command of the combined force numbering about 22,000 men. The Rebels marched to Pocahontas on October 1, and then moved southeast toward Corinth. They hoped to seize Corinth and then sweep into Middle Tennessee. Since the Siege of Corinth, in the spring, Union forces had erected various fortifications, an inner and intermediate line, to protect Corinth, an important transportation center. With the Confederate approach, the Federals, numbering about 23,000, occupied the outer line of fortifications and placed men in front of them. Van Dorn arrived within three miles of Corinth at 10:00 am on October 3, and moved into some fieldworks that the Confederates had erected for the siege of Corinth. The fighting began, and the Confederates steadily pushed the Yankees rearward. A gap occurred between two Union brigades which the Confederates exploited around 1:00 pm. The Union troops moved back in a futile effort to close the gap. Price then attacked and drove the Federals back further to their inner line. By evening, Van Dorn was sure that he could finish the Federals off during the next day. This confidence--combined with the heat, fatigue, and water shortages--persuaded him to cancel any further operations that day. Rosecrans regrouped his men in the fortifications to be ready for the attack to come the next morning. Van Dorn had planned to attack at daybreak, but Brig. Gen. Louis Hébert’s sickness postponed it till 9:00 am. As the Confederates moved forward, Union artillery swept the field causing heavy casualties, but the Rebels continued on. They stormed Battery Powell and closed on Battery Robinett, where desperate hand-to-hand fighting ensued. A few Rebels fought their way into Corinth, but the Federals quickly drove them out. The Federals continued on, recapturing Battery Powell, and forcing Van Dorn into a general retreat. Rosecrans postponed any pursuit until the next day. As a result, Van Dorn was defeated, but not destroyed or captured, at Hatchie Bridge, Tennessee, on October 5."

Mama Blaster's 2nd great grandfather Amasa Pratt Tourgee Perkins was a private in Co. D of the 9th Texas Cavalry CSA. He fought here at the very land the center is built on, during the Battle of Corinth.
State/States the Park is located...: Mississippi

Park Designation: Battlefield/Military Park

Times the Visitors Center (or Park) is Open....: From: 8:00 AM To: 6:00 PM

Website From the National Parks Service Page of this Waymark...: [Web Link]

SECONDARY website.: http://www.corinthcivilwar.com/placestovisit.htm

Are pictures included?: yes

Months the Visitors Center/Park is open...: Not listed

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