Corinth, MS II
October 3-4, 1862
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Corinth, Mississippi, United States
Iuka and Corinth Operations 
After the Battle of Iuka, Maj. Gen. Sterling Priceís Confederate
Army of the West marched from Baldwyn to Ripley where it joined
Earl Van Dornís Army of West Tennessee.
Van Dorn was senior officer and
took command of the combined force numbering about 22,000 men.
The Confederates marched to Pocahontas on October 1, and then moved
southeast toward Corinth. They hoped to seize Corinth and then sweep into Middle
Since the Siege of Corinth, in the spring, Union forces had erected
various fortifications, an inner and intermediate line, to protect Corinth, an
important transportation center.
With the Confederate approach, the Federals, numbering about 23,000,
occupied the outer line of fortifications and placed men in front of them.
Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans
Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn
Army of the Mississippi
Army of the West Tennessee
Van Dorn arrived within three miles of Corinth at 10:00 am on October 3,
and moved into some fieldworks that the Confederates had erected for the
siege of Corinth. The fighting began, and the Confederates steadily pushed
the Yankees rearward.
A gap occurred between two Union brigades which the
Confederates exploited around 1:00 pm. The Union troops moved back in a
futile effort to close the gap. Price then attacked and drove the Federals
back further to their inner line.
By evening, Van Dorn was sure that he
could finish the Federals off during the next day. This confidence--combined
with the heat, fatigue, and water shortages--persuaded him to cancel any
further operations that day.
Rosecrans regrouped his men in the fortifications
to be ready for the attack to come the next morning.
Van Dorn had planned
to attack at daybreak, but Brig.
Gen. Louis Hébertís
it till 9:00 am. As the Confederates moved forward, Union artillery swept
the field causing heavy casualties, but the Rebels continued on.
Battery Powell and closed on Battery Robinett, where desperate hand-to-hand
A few Confederates fought their way into Corinth, but the Federals quickly drove
them out. The Federals continued on, recapturing Battery Powell, and forcing
Van Dorn into a general retreat.
any pursuit until the next day. As a result, Van Dorn was defeated, but
not destroyed or captured, at Hatchie Bridge, Tennessee, on October 5th.
1 National Park
2 Picture taken at the
Corinth Interpretive Center
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