Sesquicentennial events

1862 & 2012

Oct 3–4, 1862 – Battle of Corinth (MS)

Then: Confederates under Gen. Earl Van Dorn attempted to re-capture this important rail junction but were turned back after desperate fighting.

2012: The Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center (part of the Shiloh National Military Park) interprets the rich history of the area.
Battle anniversary plans TBA.

kyOct 8, 1862 – Battle of Perryville (KY)

Then: Union forces didn't exactly win this confusing battle, but overwhelming Union strength in the area forced Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg to withdraw to Tennessee, ending the Kentucky Campaign.

2012: The battlefield is preserved and interpreted in the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site.

A reenactment on the battlefield is planned Oct 5–7.


Oct 27 – Battle of Island Mound (MO)

Then: Black troops organized at "Fort Africa" near Butler (MO) fought off Confederate guerrillas at Island Mound.

2012: A new Missouri State Historic Site opens on the anniversary date with talks and living history.

Oct 31–Nov 2 – Battle of Unison (VA)

Then: The Union army finally began moving south following the Battle of Antietam. Confederate cavalry contested it during this three-day running battle in Northern Virginia. Union commander George McClellan wasn't moving fast enough for Lincoln. He was removed from command at nearby Rectortown Nov 7.

2012: Civil War Trails signs mark several battlefield locations and the McClellan Rectortown site.

Living history, talks tours and much more is scheduled during Unison Heritage Day Oct. 27.

Evening lecture Nov 2 at the Unison United Methodist Church (which was in the heat of the battle).

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