New civil War exhibit at Corinth center

Alcorn StockThe Associated Press

CORINTH — An exhibit at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center features the sword and revolver of a Mississippi-born Confederate officer killed in the Battle of Corinth.

The items now on display belonged to Lt. Col. James S. Terral Jr., commander of the 7th Mississippi Battalion.

Terral was mortally wounded while leading a charge against the Union position at White House Ridge during the first day of the battle. He was reportedly a full 20 yards ahead of his men, leading them on, when the fatal bullet found him.

The Daily Corinthian reports that five items are on display — Terral’s sword, a rare .36 caliber Kerr revolver, a small Bible given to Terral by his mother in 1854, a journal containing his letters and a family portrait of Terral.

Terral was carrying the sword and revolver when he was killed on Oct. 3, 1862. The belongings were sent home to his son after Terral’s death.

“I’ve been excited about getting this exhibit for a long time,” said National Park Service Ranger Tom Parson.

Parson said the collection was donated to the Interpretive Center by Terral’s great-granddaughter, Rita Jordan Jepsen, who wanted the relics to find a permanent home where they would be preserved and not sold off.