Corinth in Alcorn County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Union General Thomas Addresses the Troops
A look at Civil War Corinth -
—through the eyes of wartime artists and photographers. —
This unusual Civil War photograph captures a news event as it is happening, rather than recording its aftermath. In the middle of the scene is a canvas topped speakers platform from which Union Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas is speaking to troops on enlistment of African Americans into the Union Army. This was a burning issue of the times, although African Americans had previously fought in all American Wars. Two of the first Black regiments were organized in Corinth - the First (and Second) Alabama Infantry of African Descent. By the war's end more than 153 Black regiments had been recruited for the Union Army.
Location. 34° 56.205′ N, 88° 31.238′ W. Marker is in Corinth, Mississippi, in Alcorn County. Marker is at the intersection of Jackson Street and Childs Street, on the right when traveling north on Jackson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corinth MS 38834, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Generals' Headquarters (a few steps from this marker); The Curlee House (a few steps from this marker); Site of the Mitchell House (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant’s Headquarters Fillmore Street Chapel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Johnston's Headquarters (about 300 feet away); Site of Rose Cottage (about 300 feet away); Site of the Provost Marshal's Office (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corinth.
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 305 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.