CORINTH – Twelve thousand small candle lanterns giving a festive glow to Historic Downtown Corinth streets, historic sites and monuments will be lit Saturday in memory of soldiers who died during the 1862 Battle of Corinth.
With the help of many volunteers, the Grand Illumination increases the number of lanterns from last year’s 8,000 to make an even more powerful impression throughout the city.
“Organizers learned a lot about preparing the luminaries well in advance, so those are all done,” said Kristy White of the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “But we still need individual volunteers and groups who will come on Saturday to light the luminaries.”
Along with the National Park Service as primary sponsor, the CACVB has helped publicize and prepare for the second year of events.
Lighting the luminaries will be the culminating event of the day, but a schedule of activities are planned beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.
“People are excited that the living history at the interpretive center will include a camel like the one that accompanied the unit that came here during the Battle of Corinth,” White said.
As the story goes, Old Douglas was the name of a camel that was part of the 43rd Mississippi Company, given to Col. William M. Moore by Lt. Hargrove of Company B. As a part of the regiment, Old Douglas carried instruments and knapsacks. Although Old Douglas’ owner died during the battle, the camel remained with the regiment. The camel was killed near the end of the Siege of Vicksburg, and a marker honors him in the battlefield cemetery in Vicksburg.
Beginning at 10 a.m., downtown shop owners will welcome visitors to their holiday open houses, a very popular event last year, White said.
The schedule includes free carriage rides, free entertainment, a free Civil War music concert and free skits performed by youth from Corinth theatre Arts.
“The luminaries all through town were so beautiful last year, and in some areas they’ll be on both sides of the street this time, where they were only on one side before,” White said. “Since there are 34 volunteer stations to light the luminaries, we’re looking for all the help we can get.”
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic Corinth Grand Illumination
• When: Events begin 8:30 a.m., Saturday.
• Where: Throughout Historic Downtown Corinth, but originating at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and Battery Robinett, Linden Street and Fulton Drive.
• Cost: Free.
• Activities: Lighted Luminaries throughout Corinth, 5-9 p.m.; Living History at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Holiday Open Houses at local merchants, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Free carriage rides in downtown Corinth, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Entertainment at Trailhead Park, 4-6 p.m.; Civil War music concert at Interpretive Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; “An Evening in the Park,” Corinth Theatre Arts Youth Production at Trailhead Park, starting at 7 p.m.
• For more information or to volunteer: Ranger Tom Parson, (662) 287-9273 or Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, (662) 287-8300.
Lena Mitchel/NEMS Daily Journal