Corinth National Cemetery

Entrance gate at Corinth National Cemetery.
Corinth National Cemetery

After Dan and I left the cemetery in Greenville Recreation Area, we headed straight to another cemetery.

Well, it wasn’t exactly straight there. We actually went to Cross City RV Park which we happened upon on our way home last year from Gulf State Park.

Cross City RV Park is located in Corinth, Mississippi. After talking with Jim, the owner, last year, we decided the next time we came through, we would spend a few days in Corinth exploring some of the local attractions and history.

And then, during the past year, while researching a post about my dad, I discovered that my uncle (my dad’s brother) was buried in the Corinth National Cemetery. I wasn’t aware of this previously as my dad and his brother were from Michigan. Uncle Harold spent winters in Mississippi – which is how his final destination ended up being in Corinth.

The Corinth National Cemetery is a ten minute drive from Cross City RV Park. Although it is a national cemetery, it is surprisingly small. The cemetery is surrounded by a brick wall. I used the grave locator before our trip and easily found my uncle’s grave. I stood there, paid my respects, and said a silent prayer of thanksgiving for having known him.

Harold E. Reichtmyer tombstone.  
Oct 3 1916 - Oct 15 2010.
SSGT  US Army World War II
BSM  
At Peace
May he rest in peace.

Besides the iron gates at the entrance and surrounding brick wall, there was a bronze plaque with the Gettysburg Address. It seemed very appropriate for this southern cemetery.

Brick wall outside cemetery.
Bronze plaque with Gettysburg Address

I also saw an informational display. There I read how our national cemetery system was created as a result of the civil war. I did not know this.

Information Plaque describing the creation of A National Cemetery System.

According to the plaque, “The U.S. government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union troops…..The authority to create military burial grounds came in an Omnibus Act of July 17, 1862. ….At first only soldiers and sailors who died during the Civil War were buried in national cemeteries. …In 1873, eligibility was expanded…..”

While the circumstances surrounding the creation of our national cemetery system are very sad, I was glad to have learned something new. As my friend Bill at On the Road of Retirement has often said, “Any day I learn something new is a good day.”

As a side note, Bill’s charming blog chronicles his travels and life with his lovely wife, Barb, and his cute little doggy, Proton. Check it out, but only if you like to smile. I’d also say Bill’s blog is life affirming, which is probably a good thing to include in a post about a cemetery.

There was something else very notable about our visit as well. Dan and I saw at least six very large trees felled. One was blocking an entire street at the entrance. Fortunately, the entrance is a circle drive, so we went the opposite way.

Huge fall tree
Huge fallen tree

Back at Cross City RV Park, we asked Jim about the fallen trees. One week, to the day, before our arrival, the area had straight wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour. Not only had the trees toppled, but some homes and businesses had damage to their roofs. I asked how the campers fared in his RV park. Fortunately, everyone did okay. I said a second prayer of thanksgiving – for Jim and the campers, but also for Dan and myself.

At this point, I’m ready to stay out of cemeteries for a while.

So, where are we going next? Well, you might say we’re headed for greener pastures.

17 comments

  1. This is fascinating information, Betty. About 15 years ago, a national cemetery was started just down the road from us. Seeing the growing grid of perfectly placed white head stones is a sight to behold. There brings an immediate feeling of respect for these men and women who fought for our country. As you say, enjoy your day!

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    • Thank you, David. I have always lived close to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. It is huge and is south St. Louis county. Both my dad and my brother are buried there. My boys put flags on the graves each Memorial Day when they were Boy Scouts. It is, as you say, it is a sight to behold. These days, more than ever, I respect the sacrifices made for our country. I hope you enjoy your day, too.

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  2. A wonderful read and great photos, Betty! Thank you for taking us along. It was most interesting to read about the origin of the cemetery system. I’m thankful too that you and Dan missed that wind!

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    • Thank you, Terry. I found the information about the national cemetery system really interesting, too. It also said Congress gave funds to put fences or walls around the cemeteries, and most cemeteries were on the smaller side. And yes, we are glad to have missed that wind, too! Enjoy your day!

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  3. A great post. Once again I learned something new, so a great day. I like you find cemeteries fascinating places to visit. Regarding high winds, so glad you missed them. When we got here we had sustained winds of 20/30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Because of the direction of the wind, when we went to leave Elvira we literally had to hold onto the door with both hands or it would be ripped out of out hands. Thanks also so much for the mention of my blog. Have a great day.

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    • I wondered if the origin of the national cemeteries was new to just me- or others, too. I’m glad you learned something today. 🙂 We know about those darn winds. We are on our second travel trailer screen door because of them! We are more careful now. You are right, that wind will just rip that door right out of your hands. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  4. Thank you for sharing your Uncle Harold’s story of how he came to be in Mississippi. Those trees being blown over are fairly common here, as I have learned. Glad you missed that one! Have fun in greener pastures. “Some day” I want to visit the Contraband camp in Corinth.

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    • On another day, we went to the Interpretative Center in Corinth. There we saw an art exhibit. Some school children had learned about the Contraband camp and then created a piece of art to depict some aspect of it. There was also a write-up about the Contraband camp. I didn’t realize there was a park in Corinth with statues located at the site of the Contraband camp. If we pass through Corinth again, I definitely want to visit the Contraband camp. I did not realize all the history at Corinth.

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    • These trees were huge. I wanted Dan to stand by one, but the ground was saturated and muddy. The bases were taller than him. I’ve never seen so many trees like this. I’m not sure how old the trees were that fell over.

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    • I wanted to pay my respects. And then I had the bonus of learning something about our national cemetery system. My dad and brother are both in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, so it was very meaningful to me.

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    • I visited Arlington National Cemetery growing up with my family. We live near Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery – a very large cemetery in South St. Louis County which lies near the Mississippi River. Like the river, Jefferson Barracks feels a part of me. My dad and brother are buried there. It is where my boys, when they were Scouts, put flags out for each Memorial Weekend. It is where my parents would go for the Veterans Day Ceremonies. There are Civil War graves there as well as daily burials now. It is a very solemn place.

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