Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CORINTH 1862 Siege, Battle, Occupation

In my quest to learn more about The Duncan House, it's been necessary to learn more about the history of our own city. We all know that Shiloh was fought over the railroads here in Corinth....but Corinth, alone, played a huge part in the events of the day. And here is THE book on the subject. As you can see, it's called "CORINTH 1862 Siege, Battle, Occupation". I tell you, if you are interested in our town, you NEED to read this book. It's most entertaining and enlightening and I enjoyed reading every word. We just have no comprehension of what role our City played in that era so long ago. 
Gen. Halleck, head of all the Federal forces said this:

"Richmond and Corinth are now the great strategical points of war, and our success at these points should be insured at all hazards."

The book addresses not only the battle in Oct of 1862, but the siege and years-long occupation as well.
It's written by Dr. Timothy B. Smith. Dr. Smith has deep Mississippi connections, is a former NPS ranger at Shiloh, teaches at U.T. Martin, and lives in Adamsville, TN. He is the author of several books.
Even if you aren't into history, it makes a pretty cool statement just sitting on your coffee table! Not every city has a book of more than 400 pages written about it!
I suspect the book is available at the Interpretive Center, and/or Shiloh. Of course it's available on line.
After you read this, you will want to step carefully, because there is history under-foot all over the area!

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