About Corinth

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About Corinth

Corinth, Mississippi has a unique blend of history and new growth. Corinth was founded in 1853 as Cross City, so-called because it served as a junction for the Mobile & Ohio and Memphis & Charleston railroads. It was the town’s early newspaper editor, W.E. Gibson, who suggested the name of Corinth, named for the city in Greece that also served as a crossroads.Corinth’s location at the junction of two railroads made it strategically important to the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard retreated to Corinth after the Battle of Shiloh, pursued by Union Major General Henry W. Halleck. General Beauregard abandoned the town when General Halleck approached, letting it fall into the Union’s hands. Since Halleck approached so cautiously, digging entrenchments at every stop for over a month, this action has been known as the Siege of Corinth.

The Union sent Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans to Corinth as well and concentrated its forces in the city. The Second Battle of Corinth took place on October 3–4, 1862, when Confederate Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn attempted to retake the city. The Confederate troops won back the city for a very brief period but were quickly forced out again on the same day when the Union troops were reinforced.

Today there are approximately 14,000 people, 6,220 households, and 3,800 families residing in the city of Corinth.  Located in Northeast Mississippi, Corinth is a city of contrast that attracts people from all walks of life with its history and tradition, its community spirit and hospitality, and its excellent quality of life.  Whether raising a family or retiring to the “good life,” Corinth is the place to be, and no matter what your age is it is a great place to live.  Considered the “Crossroads of the South”, Corinth offers great access to Memphis, Nashville and Birmingham and is located just 20 minutes away from Pickwick Lake, a beautiful recreational lake with over 90 miles of shoreline.

Corinth offers all of the quintessential small town amenities, including great schools, abundant recreational opportunities, and a quality of life that is simply unmatched.


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