Sesquicentennial planners consider adding events

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – A group of stakeholders organizing and coordinating events in and around Corinth to commemorate the 150th anniversary are brainstorming more celebratory events.
Organizers plan to enhance several annual events in honor of the year – 1862 – in which the Battle of Shiloh, the Siege and Battle of Corinth and the Battle of Farmington took place.
“I think we have a good lineup already, but we may want to add something to the calendar next year,” said Kristy White, executive director of the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, during a Thursday meeting.
Events already scheduled include:
* March 3-4, 2012: Corinth Civil War Relic and Militaria Show and Sale, Crossroads Arena; sponsored by the Col. W.P. Rogers Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
* March 30-April 1, 2012: Battle of Shiloh 150th Anniversary, Pickwick, Tenn.
* Sept. 13-16, 2012: Battle of Farmington, a collaboration with the Blue-Gray Alliance.
* Nov. 3-4, 2012: Corinth Grand Illumination, Civil War Interpretive Center and throughout Corinth.
Plans for each of the events are well under way.
Larry Mangus, commander of the Rogers Camp SCV, said discussions are under way to exhibit at the March relic show the sword that was carried by Rogers at his death at Battery Robinett.
The Battle of Shiloh commemoration will include premiering the new film that interprets the battle, filmed earlier this year with scores of re-enactors.
The Battle of Farmington weekend includes two days set aside for visiting school children, said Farmington Mayor Dale Fortenberry.
The Blue-Gray Alliance offers some additional programs that have not been included in previous years, and other special events for the weekend are close to being finalized, he said.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com