Smith, Timothy. Corinth 1862: Siege, Battle, Occupation
Substantially Revises and Enlarges
Our Understanding of Corinth
Timothy B. Smith. Corinth, 1862: Battle, Siege, Occupation. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2012. 1st edition, 472p, illustrations, maps.
Despite its significance to the war in 1862, Corinth has received comparatively little attention from historians and has been largely overshadowed by events at Shiloh, Antietam, and Perryville.
Timothy Smith’s panoramic and vividly detailed new look corrects that neglect, focusing on the nearly year-long campaign that opened the way to Vicksburg and presaged the Confederacy’s defeat in the West. Combining big-picture strategic and operational analysis with ground-level views, Smith covers the spring siege, the vicious attacks and counterattacks of the October battle, and the subsequent occupation. He has drawn extensively on hundreds of eyewitness accounts to capture the sights, sounds, and smells of battle and highlight the command decisions.
This is also the first in-depth examination of Corinth following the creation of a new National Park Service Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center located at the site of Battery Robinett. Weaving together an immensely compelling tale that places the reader in the midst of war’s maelstrom, it substantially revises and enlarges our understanding of Corinth and its crucial importance in the Civil War.