By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
FARMINGTON – Hundreds of re-enactors return to the scene of the May 9, 1862, Battle of Farmington later this week to commemorate a significant part of the area’s Civil War history.
Four days of free events Thursday through Sunday include two days when hundreds of fifth- and sixth-graders from all schools in Alcorn County will be able to visit the site and observe living history.
“Our event gets bigger and bigger each year,” Farmington Mayor Dale Fortenberry recently told the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau board. “More than 500 re-enactors participated in the event last year, with about 3,000 spectators for the weekend’s activities.”
Almost 1,000 re-enactors are expected this week for the 149th commemoration, and about 1,200 have already expressed interest in participating in next year’s events, the Civil War Sesquicentennial reenactment.
Beginning Thursday with visits to the site by school children to see the camps of period sutlers – 160 acres owned by Ray and Judy Hughes where the original Battle of Farmington took place – events continue Friday with more school visits and an evening garden social at The Generals’ Quarters in downtown Corinth.
“We’re having an evening with General and Mrs. Lee and General and Mrs. Grant,” Fortenberry said.
Camps of the reenactors open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. There also will be morning military demonstrations, a memorial service and a Ladies’ Tea at Farmington Baptist Church, then the 2 p.m. battle re-enactment, followed by a period dance at Farmington City Hall.
Sunday concludes the weekend of activities with a 10 a.m. church service on the battlefield and another battle reenactment at 2 p.m.
To get to the Farmington battle site, from U.S. Highway 72 and Harper Road (intersection near Corinth’s Walmart):
• Go north on Harper Road from U.S. Highway 72, past roundabout, to next traffic light at Proper Street, about 3/4 mile. Turn Right on Proper Street (County Road 200) and continue about 2.5 miles to re-enactment location at 4091 County Road 200/Proper Street. There will be plenty of signs and directional information for parking.