Shiloh Park hosting living history activities Oct. 5-6 to mark Battle of Corinth

Shiloh National Military Park is commemorating the 156th anniversary of the battle of Corinth by offering a Living History Weekend at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center this weekend.
“The living history programs presented by the 6th Missouri Infantry Regiment, Confederate States Army, will be conducted on the field where the battle was fought,” announced park Superintendent Dale Wilkerson. “Their devotion to ensuring the historical accuracy in all aspects of their impressions is rarely equaled.”
According to the National Park Service, the 6th Missouri Infantry Regiment was assigned to Confederate Major General Earl Van Dorn’s Army of West Tennessee at the Battle of Corinth. Led by Col. Eugene Irwin, the grandson of orator Henry Clay, the 6th Missouri Infantry started the fight with 300 men and suffered 71 percent casualties; 31 killed, 130 wounded, and 53 missing. The regiment would see action throughout the Civil War at battles which included Iuka, Corinth, Port Gibson, Vicksburg, and Atlanta, until only a remnant was at their final surrender in May, 1865.
Living history programs will be presented Oct. 6-7 by 15 members of the 6th Missouri Infantry Regiment on both Saturday and Sunday. Park Staff will also present several programs during the two-day event.
A period camp will be open to the public and children can participate in period games as well as earn the Corinth Junior Ranger badge. In addition, the battle flag of the 6th Missouri will be on display inside the visitor center. The full schedule of events can be found at www.nps.gov/shil
Facilities at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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