Are you a “Civil War Buff?” If so, you probably know about Corinth and all its history related to the Civil War.
Of course, I know the basic history of the Civil War. I know about Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. I know about Shiloh. But I don’t know much about individual battles and commanders besides the two I’ve mentioned.
Last year, we stopped in Corinth on our way home from Gulf Shores. While there, we learned Corinth wasn’t too far from Helen Keller’s birthplace, Ivy Green. So, we planned to return and see Ivy Green and to explore a bit more of the city. We had heard there was a great old drug store in Corinth which had a soda fountain and fantastic milk shakes. Put it on the list!
This year, we discovered that a Civil War battle occurred in Corinth, and more than that, Corinth was a major strategic location during the Civil War. Both the north and south occupied Corinth at different points. We certainly did not absorb all there is to learn about Corinth and the Civil War. Rather, we learned just a bit, enough to note some places and resources for future visits.
Located near our Cross City RV Park was the Alcorn County Welcome Center. Here we picked up a brochure for a Historic Downtown Walking Tour of Corinth, “60 Sites 60 minutes.” Later, I learned this Welcome Center has a free RV dump, and you are allowed to stay the night. While the Welcome Center is a wonderful option, we do prefer the Cross City RV Park. It’s a good deal at $25 a night for full hook-ups.
After the Welcome Center, we went to the Corinth Interpretive Center. Here there is almost an infinite amount of information about the Civil War history at Corinth and at Shiloh. We visited about an hour and a half there. To be honest, it was a bit overwhelming. For someone who is not a Civil War buff, I need an approach where it is easier to learn the story, the main points, rather than the nuances of every battle. There were three films offered; we did watch one – the longest one, and it was an excellent film.
Again, I picked up a number of brochures. One is a detailed description of the historic sites at Shiloh. The other is entitled, “Birthplace of Freedom: Corinth Contraband Camp.” I will read and absorb these brochures later, likely when we are back home.
Time for lunch. We went to Borroum’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain. Dan and I split a chicken wrap and chips, as we don’t usually eat a big lunch. It was very good, and the service was fast and friendly. We skipped the milkshakes and the ice cream, as well as the slug burgers which Jim, our campground owner had recommended to us. Sometimes we just don’t want to try something new.
Borroum’s Drug Store was #38 on the “60 sites…” brochure, so we completed the one mile walking tour after lunch. On the walking tour, we saw Fillmore Street Chapel – the oldest church in Corinth, Grant’s Headquarters during the Civil War (now the Corinth City Hall), the Crossroads, the Coke museum, and several historic homes.
We are glad to have discovered Corinth. As time goes on, we hope to learn more about its history. As for us, it is time to move on to our next destination.