Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center
Shiloh National Military Park
Completed: July 13, 2013
The summer of 2013 was a great time to visit many of our nation’s Civil War sites, as it was the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War. One of several sites I visited was the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, which is part of Shiloh National Military Park. The Shiloh portion of the park is about a half-hour north of Corinth, across the state line in Tennessee.
This program is considered Junior Ranger as only the upper age group is listed at ages 10 – 11. The staff was happy to give me the booklet to complete. At the top of this page is a picture of their symbols used to divide up the age groups. The pages in the booklet use these symbols to guide you in completing the appropriate pages.
Infantry – ages 5 – 7
Cavalry – ages 8 – 9
Artillery – ages 10 – 11
To complete at the Artillery level it is recommended for you to complete as many as the activities with the crossed cannon symbol. There were 14 activities with the crossed cannon symbol. I was in the area for a couple of days so I was able to complete most of those activities.
The activities included; Explore, Learn, Protect, Findings Along the Footpath, North vs South, Mapping the War, Shiloh’s Role, Unscramble History, Fill in and Search, Earthwork Bingo, Decision at the Crossroads, Letters Home . . ., Freedom to Learn, Battle Blocks, Battery Robinett and What About You?.
This center opened in 2004 and gives background about battles and events in the area. The walk up to the center is a highlight. Within the sidewalk, that winds up from the parking area, are embedded items from the 1860s. One activity has you draw eight of the items which included a cup, US belt buckle, shovel head and part of a carriage wheel. It was fun to find the items and sketch them.
So much happened within in this area and the surrounding states. By mapping events relating to the Corinth area it was helpful to put the locations together. A number of activities used the material presented in the visitor center, some that were interactive and easy to understand. One of the displays that brought a unique perspective was the one about the Corinth Contraband Camp, and the school that was in the camp. The Contraband Camp was an area behind the Union lines for slaves who had runaway from their owners.
Overall the time I spent at this center was informative and interesting. Because I had also completed the Junior Ranger program at Shiloh NMP I received their Jr Ranger water bottle, as well as a certificate of completion and the standard badge.
Water Bottle – Shiloh National Military Park
Junior Ranger booklet & badge