Corinth Area CVB offers new Civil War opportunities

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – With just one click, anyone can learn about the area’s Civil War Sesquicentennial events.
The Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched www.corinthcivilwar.com, which can be accessed directly or through the CVB’s website at www.corinth.net.
“Our staff decided that since Corinth played such an important role in the Civil War, there should be a website for those who want to know more about it,” said CVB Director Kristy White. “Hopefully, it will also spur some visits to our area as well.
A new two-minute introductory video narrated by Civil War tour guide Sean Marcum begins to play when the site opens, explaining Corinth’s significance in the Civil War. Also on the website are links to upcoming events, area attractions, suggested itineraries, a video library, historical background, timeline and first-person accounts.
“The Corinth Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Corinth, Battle of Shiloh and the Civil War in Mississippi by sanctioning events, encouraging research and education programs related to Civil War Mississippi, and preserving the sites that witnessed the Civil War in Corinth, Mississippi,” says the website’s summary statement.
A new, glossy brochure also was introduced recently as the second in a suite of products the CVB plans to include in a Civil War Sesquicentennial package.
“We also are working on a CD driving tour that people will be able to download from the website and a Civil War postcard,” White said. “We plan to have everything in place for 2012, the really big year here.”
The Battle of Corinth was fought Oct. 3-4, 1862, but the website and brochure include the Corinth Campaign: Battle of Farmington, Siege at Corinth, Battle of Iuka and the Battle of Corinth.
“This is the culmination of several years’ work,” White said. “A lot of it combines research our staff member Anne Thompson had done for the brochure, then we took the Civil War portion on our CVB website and reworked that. I’m real proud of the way everything looks.”
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com