Corinth Contraband Camp

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Corinth Contraband Camp
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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.
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,317 contributions
Start of freedom for so many
Jul 2020
This was a movie stop while we were in Corinth. We came after visiting the Civil War Interpretive Center, so my daughter (8 years old) and I talked about all kinds of topics as we walked around the loop looking at the statues and reading the sign. There is free parking and really doesn't take long to visit, but definitely worth going.
Written July 20, 2020
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Mike H
Waterloo, IA194 contributions
Neat piece of history
Jun 2020
We stopped here after visiting the Corinth center. There isn't anything physically left, but the sculptures do an good job depicting the varied jobs the freemen had here.
Written July 13, 2020
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Patrick A
Cedar Falls, IA482 contributions
Excellent quality bronzes
Feb 2020
The location is a bit odd. It is not a very large place with 8-10 groupings of statues. The place looked stark and plain. More explanation with each group would be helpful. A storm had obviously come through recently with so many down trees that had been cut up so the trail was accessible. But it provided a weird landscape. The statues are so beautifully done, it needs to be seen.
Written March 1, 2020
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Lynette M
Santa Maria, CA249 contributions
Very Sobering Visit and Worth a Stop
Aug 2019
I had no heard of this camp but learned about it while watching the film at the Corinth Battlefield Museum, so we ventured over. There are so many beautiful homes and churches in the area, I wish we would've had more time to explore.
It is quiet and very moving to realize that there was a designated place for those released from slavery to learn, to earn money and to live free in an environment that was specific to their needs.
Written August 19, 2019
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Steve5863
Avon, OH12,679 contributions
A Model for Other Camps
Oct 2018 • Solo
The protection provided by the Federal troops occupying Corinth attracted escaped slaves seeking freedom. The influx increased significantly after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862 proclaiming that slaves in states still in rebellion as of January 1, 1863 were free. The theory behind the authority of the President to declare the salve free was based upon his position as Commander in Chief of the Armed Services and he could deny the enemy the benefit of their labor as contraband of war; therefore, slave refugee camps became known as contraband camps.

The Corinth Contraband Camp began as a tent city but evolved into a self-sufficient community and was home to as many as 6,000 and included homes, a church, school and hospital; 400 acres were farmed communally and freedmen men were allowed to keep their profits.

Today, the Corinth Contraband Camp, located on the east side of town on North Parkway, is a small park, perhaps two acres, with a paved path that loops around the perimeter past a half dozen bronze sculptures depicting aspects of life in the contraband camp. While the bonzes are quite good and interesting, with little other interpretation for such a significant part of Corinth’s Civil War Legacy, I was a bit disappointed as the site could be so much more.
Written December 1, 2018
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Jennifer487
Sherwood, AR67 contributions
Add this stop to your trip!
Jun 2018 • Couples
This is nice place to visit after a stop at the Civil War Interpretive Center. We got some great photos of the statues and spent some time in quiet reflection. I hope there are plans in the works to expand this camp into an actual museum or at least add some additional signage that explains the significance of this site.
Written June 6, 2018
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Suedrs
Clear Lake, MN105 contributions
Bronze Sculptures are So Cool
Apr 2018 • Couples
Small park a little off the beaten path, but the park ranger at the Corinth National Park provided excellent directions. It is short walk thru a grassy area with life size bronze statues of freed slaves performing routine tasks. Very informative plaques explain that the development of the camp by the people. The detail on the statues is amazing. Take the time to visit.
Written April 9, 2018
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Bill R
Murfreesboro, TN21 contributions
Well kept secret about Corinth's role after Battle of Shiloh
Oct 2017 • Couples
I grew up in Corinth and visited for the first time in 15 years. I had never heard of the Contraband Camp until we visited the Interpretive Center. A bit hard to find but well worth the short walk to view
Written October 2, 2017
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Joann G
Milford, IA91 contributions
Completes the time in Corinth
May 2017
We went to the interpretive center and learned so much from the video. So it was fitting to see where the contraband camp was. There's not much to see, but it was interesting.
Written May 16, 2017
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Dez N
59 contributions
Walking Path
Mar 2016 • Family
This is more of a walking path than anything. It is neat to learn a little about slave history through this path and exactly what a contraband camp was.
Written February 1, 2017
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