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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Corinth, Mississippi Commemorates Battle of Shiloh

150 years ago, more than 200 generals and 300,000 soldiers gathered in the Corinth area during the Civil War. Centered around the critical railroad junction in Corinth, the two-day Battle of Shiloh focused on the small southern town; the Siege of Corinth would mark the Union's move to capture the city; and later the Battle of Corinth strengthened the Union Army's hold on Mississippi. 
The Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorates the 150th anniversary of the War in March by sanctioning events, encouraging research and education programs related to Civil War Mississippi, and preserving the sites that witnessed the Civil War in Corinth. 
On March 28 and 29, you can follow the March to Shiloh at the Civil War Interpretive Center and watch as a group of re-enactors follow the footsteps of history. Admission is free and the camp is open to the public 6-8pm, Wednesday, March 28. Then, 7-7:45am, Thursday, March 29, with a donation to the Crossroads Museum, have breakfast with the troops before they embark on the march. The meal will be representative of what soldiers had to eat back in 1862. At 8am on Thursday, March 29, witness the pageantry of the Confederate soldiers beginning their trek toward the Battle of Shiloh. 
On March 30 and April 1 commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh near the actual National Park Service Military Park just a few miles across the Mississippi/Tennessee state line. 
For more information visit the Corinth and Sesquicentennial events website or check out other events in the Corinth Area
For more information about top events in Mississippi take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Mississippi.