CATEGORY: Alcorn County



By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Grants totaling almost $120,000 have been awarded to the Friends of the Siege and Battle of Corinth for preservation of endangered Civil War battlefield sites.

The Corinth support group received $119,500 from the Civil War Trust to complete the purchase of two key pieces of property associated with the 1862 Siege and Battle of Corinth, said Rosemary Williams, chairman of a commission formed to preserve and develop historic sites in the county.

Corinth was a strategic location during the Civil War because of two major railroads, the Memphis and Charleston and the Mobile and Ohio, which intersected in the town.

During the siege, which began in the spring of 1862, many fortifications and earthworks were erected to protect this transportation center. The Battle of Corinth occurred on Oct. 3-4, 1862, resulting in Union victory and control of the railroad crossing.

The properties to be purchased with grant monies include Union siege lines of Sherman and Davies’ divisions, located north of state Highway 2 near the Mormon Church and an outer defensive position designated as Battery F, located in Pine Lake Estates subdivision. They are two of the 16 sites that make up the Siege and Battle of Corinth National Historic Landmark.

In announcing the grant, Trust President Matt Andrew said, “One of our major goals in designing the grant program was to create an incentive to reward those communities that have gone the extra mile to recognize and protect their historic resources. There is no better example of community-based preservation anywhere in the country than in Corinth, Mississippi.”

The grant application received support on the state and local levels as well as endorsements from Mississippi’s U.S. Sens. Trent Lott and Thad Cochran.

“The Siege of Corinth is one of the most critical battles of the War Between the States, and it is imperative that we preserve this historic battlefield for future generations to visit and study,” Lott said. “I am very pleased that The Civil War Trust shares that commitment to Corinth and is supporting its preservation with this generous grant.”

Funding for the grants was provided from surcharges earned by the trust from the sale of coins authorized by The Civil War Battlefield Commemorative Coin Act. The Act, passed by Congress in 1992, authorized the trust and the secretary of the treasury to cooperate in designing and marketing for sale in 1995 a special issue of coins commemorating a century of battlefield preservation in the United States. Surcharges of more than $6 million received from coin sales are being used by the Trust to fund preservation of historically significant Civil War battlefields.

The Civil War Trust is a private, nonprofit organization that works to preserve and protect Civil War battlefield sites. The organization currently has more than 15,000 members. Founded in 1991, the trust is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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