19th Alabama plans weekend encampment in Corinth

BY LENA MITCHELL

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The 19th Alabama Infantry will have the distinction this weekend of being the first re-enactor group to hold a living history encampment at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.

The event, free and open to the public, will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of the Interpretive Center.

“These re-enactors will portray the Alabama units that retreated back here after the Battle of Shiloh,” said National Park Ranger Jim Minor. Shiloh north of Corinth was a major battle during the Civil War. Demonstrations will include musket firings throughout the day.

The 19th Alabama Infantry Regiment, C.S.A., is a living history organization headquartered in Huntsville, Ala., and is active among re-enactment groups, according to the Web site www.19thalabama.org.

The group will establish a camp on the hillside by the center near Linden Street and Fulton Drive.

Demonstrations will be in the open field near the intersection. However, visitors may walk through the camp throughout the day and have questions answered by the re-enactors.

There's no charge to the re-enactors or to the public, since the re-enactors are providing an educational service for the park and are counted as volunteers when they do that.

The Corinth facility, an extension of Shiloh National Military Park, can accommodate an infantry group but cannot handle cavalry or artillery groups.

The 19th Alabama is the first enactor group at the center, Minor said.

Contact Daily Journal reporter Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com