Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Battles of Corinth and Davis Bridge Revisited

I recently had the opportunity to return to the Battlefield sites of Corinth and Davis Bridge. It had been almost ten years since I had last visited these sites.  My GGGrandfather had participated in both of these battles while he was a 2LT in the 42nd Alabama … I have previously written of these events in a Blog Post entitled  2LT G.W. Askew, the 42nd Alabama, and the Battle of Corinth and several articles that focused on the 42nd Alabama’s activities during these two battles.

I was very impressed by the improvements that the National Park Service had made … in particular the Civil War Interpretive Center at Corinth.  For more information on these battlefields … visit the National Park service website at:  http://www.nps.gov/shil/planyourvisit/corinth.htm

The Corinth Battlefield Site is part of the Shiloh National Park Site and visiting both sites is absolutely necessary to understand the entire campaign both before and after the battle of Shiloh.  More on my visit to Shiloh in a future post. The two Battlefield sites of Shiloh and Corinth are roughly 20 miles apart.  The Davis Bridge site is a little more out of the way and much more austere; but, some improvements had been made since my last visit.  During this visit I had a little more time to spend and was able to gain a greater appreciation for the events during October, 3-5 1862 and the actions of the 42nd Alabama.

Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Monument to the 2nd Texas Moore's Brigade which fought adjacent to the 42nd Alabama during the October 4, 1862 assault on Battery Robinett

Looking up toward the original Battery Robinett ... note the monument and grave markers on the original site

Site of Battery F ... where the 42nd Alabama saw action on October 3, 1862

Memorial near the Davis Bridge Site 

Entrance to the Davis Bridge Site

Actual Davis Bridge Site ... where the 42nd Alabama saw action on October 5, 1862

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