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For six months in 1862, Corinth, a critical railroad junction and second only to Richmond in military importance, captured the full attention of a divided nation. Today, one of the National Park Service’s newest visitors centers, interprets the key role of Corinth in the Western Theatre of the American Civil War. The 15,000 square foot facility features interactive exhibits, a multi-media presentation of the Battle of Shiloh and the Battle of Corinth. The center stands near the site of Battery Robinett, a Federal fortification where some of the bloodiest fighting of the Battle of Corinth took place.
An obelisk stands in tribute to Colonel William P. Rogers of the 2nd Texas Infantry, who showed great bravery attempting to climb the walls of the Battery to claim it for the Confederacy. Four unknown Confederate soldiers are also buried at the site. Visitors reach the center by ascending a walkway strewn with bronze replicas reflecting the aftermath of battle. At the building’s entrance, visitors pass six bronze Civil War soldiers marching into the Center at double-quick.
On the grounds, full scale reproductions of earthworks explain the importance of field fortifications. An extensive courtyard exhibit is home to a water feature commemorating two hundred years of American history. The Center also houses a seventy-five seat auditorium, public research library, and a gift shop/bookstore.
Open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed – Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day