Corinth glows in honor of fallen

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – A night aglow with 12,000 twinkling luminaries throughout Corinth tonight is the third commemoration of lives lost in the Battle of Corinth.
Lighting of the luminaries at dusk will be the highlight of a day filled with family activities.
Several of the planned events are being held at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, a unit of Shiloh National Military Park, which is the primary event sponsor, along with the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“One of the features people really enjoyed is a living history program with the 43rd Mississippi Camel Corps, and we’re bringing that back with live camels on the grounds,” said Park Ranger Ashley Berry.
This event also is a unique way to focus on the area’s Civil War history, said CVB Executive Director Kristy White.
The living history programs will continue throughout the day 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other events on the Interpretive Center grounds include:
* 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.: Corinth Contraband Camp, North Parkway at Bunch Street-Poetry readings and entertainment throughout the day will conclude with a 5:30 p.m. Finale by the Crossroads Poetry Project.
* 5 p.m.: Lighting of the luminaries.
* 6:30 p.m.: A one-man play, “Co. Aytch: Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier,” performed by actor/director Bobby Funk, who teaches at East Tennessee State University.
Features at other sites around Corinth include:
* 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Free horse-drawn carriage rides throughout downtown Corinth, with pickup at K.C.’s Espresso on Fillmore at Waldron Street.
* 3-5 p.m.: Entertainment on stage at Trailhead Park, Waldron Street at Jackson Street.
Downtown businesses are supporting the event with their first holiday open houses, with many extending hours until 6 p.m.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.