By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
Civil War battlefields in Baldwyn and Corinth play host to numerous historic events each year, attracting tourists from across the country.
History buffs and community members have an opportunity next month to help preserve the battlefields’ history and prepare them for visitors.
“It will be a hands-on preservation event for volunteers who are willing to come out to our battlefield site, which is 1,600 acres, and helping us to prepare the site for living history events, discovery days, cemetery tours and re-enactments that are coming up over the next year,” said Edwina Carpenter, director of the Mississippi’s Final Stands Interpretive Center and Brice’s Crossroads battlefield.
Most years, Carpenter said, 60 to 70 volunteers help clean up the property and fix up the trails.
“As you can imagine, 1,600 acres has a lot of need for clean-up,” she said. “We need help clearing debris from winter weather, keeping signs cleaned and easy to read, checking and clearing the trails and we have four bridges in the battlefield used by wagons and horses and we repair those bridges every year.”
Carpenter said volunteers are welcome to bring rakes, weed eaters and other tools to help out. Lunch will be provided. Volunteers should meet at the Interpretive Center in Baldwyn at 8 a.m. April 6 and can call (662) 365-3969 for more information.
The nationwide Civil War site clean-up deemed Park Day is sponsored by the History Channel.
The Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center also will participate in the event.
Supervisory Park Ranger Ashley Berry said they are asking volunteers to help clean the bronze items decorating the sidewalk in front of the interpretive center.
Corinth’s clean up project will last from 9 a.m. until noon. Corinth Volunteers are encouraged to call ahead of time and register at (662) 287-9273.