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Dedication of New Monument at Corinth Battlefield Unit

Shiloh National Military Park

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On October 3rd, the anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Corinth, Southeast Regional Director David Vela joined a delegation from Texas to unveil a new monument dedicated to the Texas troops who unsuccessfully fought to regain the small Mississippi town’s crucial railroad junction.  The new monument is located near the site of the historic Battery Robinett earthwork at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, the newest unit of Shiloh National Military Park.  Shiloh’s 1894 enabling legislation specifically authorized the 16 states whose troops fought in the Shiloh campaign to “enter upon park lands… to ascertain and mark the lines of battle of their troops.”  Today, the resulting commemorative layer includes over 150 monuments.
In his remarks, Director Vela praised the role of John L. Nau III, former chair of both the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Texas Historical Commission:  “The tremendous recent success in saving and commemorating Civil War resources in Corinth, which we today both celebrate and advance, dates from the threat of urban encroachment on nearby historic Battery F in the 1980s.  John, your leadership and generosity at that critical juncture, insured the preservation of that important earthwork, and set the stage for all the good work that has followed.  The National Park Service is fortunate to have so many local, regional, and national partners to help us achieve our mission of preserving the history of these epic events on the ground where they occurred.”

The Corinth monument, constructed from pink Texas granite, is one of a series of new memorials the Lone Star State has erected in preparation for the upcoming Civil War sesquicentennial.  The project was funded by donations from members of the Civil War Preservation Trust, the Austin Civil War Roundtable, and other private contributions.  “The Texas Historical Commission remains dedicated to saving the real stories of our state’s past,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe, prior to the unveiling.  “By commemorating the impact Texas troops made during one of our nations’ greatest struggles, we ensure the mystique of the Lone Star State is preserved for future generations.”

In photo, from left to right

  • John L. Nau III, Former Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Texas Historical Commission
  • Rosemary Williams, Chair, Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission
  • Woody Harrell, Superintendent, Shiloh National Military Park
  • Mark Wolfe, Executive Director, Texas Historical Commission
  • David Vela, Southeast Regional Director
  • John Crain, Commissioner, Texas Historical Commission



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