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Corinth Contraband Camp

501 West Linden Street, Corinth, MS 38834
662-287-9273
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Ranked #3 of 12 attractions in Corinth
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Many African Americans who fled Southern plantations and farms seeking freedom and protection found the Union occupied Corinth to be a secure... more » Owner description: Many African Americans who fled Southern plantations and farms seeking freedom and protection found the Union occupied Corinth to be a secure location. Union General Grenville Dodge understood what effect the defection of thousands of African Americans would have on the Confederate War effort. He began to enlist the escaped slaves who came into his lines as teamsters, cooks, and laborers. He actively recruited male refugees, armed them, and placed them in charge of security at the newly organized contraband camp in Corinth. « less
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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

You should make sure to include this in your visit to Corinth. So much history here. Stop here after you've visited the Civil War Interpretive Center.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

If you enjoy history, make this a stop next time that you visit Corinth, MS. You will learn about the former slave camp and see very good replica's of camp life in the many statues that line the short circular walkway.

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Corinth
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10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The site of the village where emancipated slaves lived and worked during the occupation of Corinth during the Civil War is now a quiet walking area with many lovely statues depicting the lives at the camp.

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Iola, Kansas
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52 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Adjacent to the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and part of the National Park Serive Shiloh National Military Park unit. Excellent to learn about the involvement of Northern Mississippi and Southern Tennessee in the war

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Memphis, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

The contraband camp is one of several places in the Corinth area that are Civil war sites. I really wanted to visit this site because the story of slaves and the impact of the Civil war had on their lives often isn't highlighted. I would suggest to visit the Corinth Interpretive center first before heading to the camp. There is... More

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I don't know what we were thinking this would be but it was only a small park area with bronze statues. It would have been helpful to have some background on what happened there. We did go to the interpretive center and that did tell of the slaves lives but something more should be at the contraband camp site itself.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

Great stop while in Corinth. allow about 30 minutes or so to walk through. Start at the interpretive center though so you will know about camp. there isnt info posted. start walk between concrete markers-however to the left near exit is a tree with a brochure on it. we didnt see it until we were leaving. it is a bit... More

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Mpls, MN
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2010

This park is on the spot where a camp for runaway slaves was established during the civil war era. It is a beautiful, peaceful place with a few statues and displays. There are several benches to sit on as you walk around this park.

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Newbern, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2010

Many people do not know the story of African-Americans during the Civil War, but this park in Corinth, Miss. brings out an interesting chapter in their saga. Along a concrete walkway, a visitor can see life-size statues depicting the ways that escaped slaves, who gathered in Corinth, in 1862-63, attempted to begin to live free lives. Included are the basics... More

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Madison, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2010

Get your directions from the Civil War Interpretive Center if you need them but this is well worth the visit. The thought of these people that were enslaved and then freed without any real preparation brought tears to our eys.

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