Going back to Cornith

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Going back to Cornith

Postby cruces » Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:20 pm

Following the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee, Union troops moved south and besieged the critical North Mississippi town and rail junction of Corinth. Confederates under General P.G.T. Beauregard defended the city in days of fighting, but ultimately were forced to evacuate their works in the face of overwhelming Union forces.

The Federals then occupied Corinth and expanded the line of fortifications surrounding the city to include numerous earthwork batteries. Despite these efforts, Southern commanders believed they could retake Corinth.

The long-awaited attack finally came on October 3, 1862, when the combined forces of Confederate generals Earl Van Dorn and Sterling Price (commanded by Van Dorn) attacked the outer fortifications of Corinth. Estimated at 22,000 in number, the Southern troops pushed slowly forward, capturing fortified positions. The advanced in the direction of the center of town, but sustained heavy casualties in the process.

The rest of the story: http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/corinth3.html

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