What to Experience at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center
(update May 21: the facilities at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center are currently closed. The grounds remain open for tourists.)
There are plenty of interesting attractions to check out on a trip to Corinth. If you are looking to soak up some local history, there may be no better spot than at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. This 15,000-square foot facility has been open since 2004 and aims to tell the story of Corinth’s involvement in the Civil War with interpretive exhibits, a 75-seat auditorium, and public research library. Learn more about this important site and all the ways you can explore Corinth’s Civil War history during your next visit.
Key Local Battles
One of the most essential parts of history detailed by the Interpretive Center is the two battles that took place near or in the city. Through videos, interactive exhibits, and multimedia presentations, you’ll learn more about:
- The Battle of Shiloh: At one point the bloodiest battle in the Civil War, this conflict in 1862 took place just north in Tennessee, but served as a critical turning point of the war. A group of 40,000 Confederate soldiers surprised the Union army camping at Pittsburg Landing. However, future President Ulysses S. Grant was able to hold their position until reinforcements came from Ohio, battling back the Confederates and opening up Mississippi to the Union. Today, a multimedia presentation on the battle and an interpretive exhibit tell the story of this deadly conflict.
- The Battle of Corinth: Taking place just a few months after the Battle of Shiloh, the Battle of Corinth occurred near where the Center stands today. Confederate forces looked to take over the town to recapture the important railroad junction and successfully pushed back the Union line, but the strong fortification set up by the Northern army eventually won out, and Corinth was retained. A video about this battle, along with an extensive exhibit about the occupation and battle of Corinth during the war are featured by the museum today. Visitors can also check out Battery Robinett, where the Union army made their stand, which is located close to the Center.
On the Grounds
The Civil War Interpretive Center is also home to exhibits that can’t be contained inside the building. On the grounds, there is a life-size diorama of earthwork construction and a full-scale reproduction of a two-gun battery that conveys the importance of fortification in the Civil War, which the Battle of Corinth proves. The courtyard exhibit takes the form of a water feature that displays 200 years of American history in a beautiful way.
There are also several statues and monuments surrounding the building. A walkway leading to the Center showcases bronze replicas commemorating the aftermath of the battle. By the entrance of the museum is a group of six bronze statues depicting Civil War soldiers that appear to be marching inside at double speed time. Additionally, visitors can visit the site where four unknown Confederate soldiers are buried.
Immerse Yourself in History
As the site of important events in the Civil War, Corinth is a natural location for people visiting from around the country to learn about what transpired nearly 200 years ago. The Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center is located at 501 West Linden St in Corinth, MS, and is open every day of the year from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Day. Ready to explore all the rich history within Corinth? Contact Visit Corinth today for additional information about things to do and help planning your visit.