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 Granville Dodge began to enlist these escaped slaves as teamsters, cooks and laborers. He actively recruited male refugees, armed them and placed them in charge of security at the newly organized camp in Corinth. Dodge's administrative efforts led to the formation of the 1st Alabama Regiment of African Descent, consisting of approximately 1,000 men. Today a portion of this camp has been set aside to commemorate the events which changed the lives of so many people. Bronze figures surround the trail through the camp, depicting the lives of these people considered to be "contraband" of war.
Corinth, Mississippi | This historic walking and driving tour of the town includes a large "Contraband Camp" for ex-slaves, the location of many extant Union earthworks, and the famous rail crossing itself.
Corinth, Mississippi | Opened in 2004, this museum explains the key role of Corinth in the Civil War's western theater, featuring interactive exhibits, a multimedia presentation on the Battle of Shiloh, and a video on the Battle of Corinth.