PBS series features Corinth Contraband Camp

town_corinth_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Corinth Contraband Camp, a unit of Shiloh National Military Park, will be the focus of an episode in a five-part PBS series on the Civil War to be aired beginning April 1.

A free public preview screening of Episode 2, “A Beacon of Hope,” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. March 21, at the Historic Savannah Theater, sponsored by Shiloh National Military Park, Hardin County (Tenn.) Tourism and Savannah (Tenn.) Main Street.

Great Divide Pictures, which produced the remade Shiloh orientation film “Shiloh – Fiery Trial” that premiered in 2012, used clips from that film for the PBS documentary, said Ashley Berry, supervising ranger for Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and Corinth Contraband Camp.

“Some people like Assistant Shiloh Superintendent Stacy Allen and others will be seen more in Episode 1, where they give background for the series, with historians doing brief talks between portions of the story,” Berry said.

Episode 2, however, focuses on the story of the experience of escaped slaves in Corinth.

This episode “chronicles the second day and aftermath of the Battle of Shiloh through the war’s bloody second year, as it transitions into the untold story of contrabands – escaping slaves who sought refuge among Union forces advancing south prior to the Emancipation Proclamation,” said the event press release.

“A ‘Beacon of Hope’ profiles the contraband camp established in Corinth, revealing how this well-managed facility became a model camp in the Union-occupied South.”

Local Corinth residents portrayed roles of people in the Contraband Camp for the orientation film used at the Interpretive Center, but it was filmed by a different production company and Berry said she doesn’t know if any of that footage appears in the PBS project.




What: Episode 2 preview on Corinth Contraband Camp

When: 6:30 p.m., March 21

Where: Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St., Savannah, Tenn.

For more information: Call Shiloh National Military Park, (731) 689-5696