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Corinth in Alcorn County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Decision at the Crossroads

 
 
Decision at the Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 12, 2021
1. Decision at the Crossroads Marker
Inscription.  On the morning of October 4, 1862, in an effort to retake Corinth's critical railroad junction, Confederate forces under Major General Earl Van Dorn launch a massive assault on Major General William Rosecrans's Union garrison. For a brief, triumphant moment, depicted here, southern troops seize the railroad cross-over, pushing past the railway depot and Tishomingo Hotel. However, Rosecrans's Federals soon rally to repel them.

Initially driven south of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, Illinois troops hastily reform to spearhead the Union counterattack. Confederate brigade commander Colonel William Moore, shown here mounted in front of the depot, is shot and killed, as the Union charge hurls the Southerners back into the town square. Thousands of Union troops soon join the counterattack.

Overwhelmed by the massive Federal reserves, Confederates are caught in a deadly crossfire. A Confederate staff officer sadly reported, "Our lines melted under their fire like snow in thaw.” By early afternoon, Van Dorn's army is in full retreat.

For the numbers engaged, the battle is one of the Civil War's bitterest fights:
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Union losses totaled 2,359; Confederate losses, 4,838.

This oil painting by Keith Rocco, entitled "Decision at the Crossroads,” is on display at the nearby Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is October 4, 1862.
 
Location. 34° 56.08′ N, 88° 31.3′ W. Marker is in Corinth, Mississippi, in Alcorn County. Marker is at the intersection of Jackson Street and Cruise Street, on the right when traveling south on Jackson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corinth MS 38834, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trailhead Park (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named "Decision at the Crossroads" (a few steps from this marker); War in a Railroad Town (a few steps from this marker); View Toward Batteries Robinett and Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); "A beehive of activity..." (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Tishomingo Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Corinth Panorama — 1862 (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Corinth House Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corinth.
 
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Decision at the Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 12, 2021
2. Decision at the Crossroads Marker
here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker replaced an Old Marker At This Location also titled "Decision at the Crossroads".
 
Decision at the Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 14, 2021
3. Decision at the Crossroads Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 16, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 16, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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