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Corinth Contraband Camp
Ranked #5 of 19 things to do in Corinth
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Owner description: 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 Grenville Dodge understood what effect the defection of thousands of African Americans would have on the Confederate War effort. He began to enlist the escaped slaves who came into his lines as teamsters, cooks, and laborers. He actively recruited male refugees, armed them, and placed them in charge of security at the newly organized contraband camp in Corinth.
Reviewed 4 August 2016

The Contraband Camp is a park with a nice, smooth walking path and cast statuary along the trail. It doesn't take long to go through but the attention it gives to the experience of former slaves during the war is worthwhile. The site seems to be built for growth and I hope that more is added as time goes on.

Thank suzfuller
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

I was hoping for more...I've read stories about these camps and the impact it had on escaped slaves and the war effort. All this is, is a park with statues representing activities or events. Not much detail. Interesting, but unless you're in the area, not worth going out of your way to see.

1  Thank mimibobo23
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Reviewed 19 July 2015

It gave me an understanding of just what the blacks had to go through! Eye opening stuff! This place showed the creativity of all slaves and their ability to thrive!

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Reviewed 24 June 2015

The Camp is an historic site and part of the Corinth Civil War experience where freed slaves lived and worked while the Union occupied Corinth. While there are no plaques to explain what happened there, there are beautiful bronze statues that line a walking trail. It is a strikingly silent way to absorb history. The tall trees offer peace (as long as a train isn't nearby).

1  Thank DirectorCris
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Reviewed 22 June 2015

Large open park with walking paths to statues that tell the story of escaping slaves who had a large camp here. Today the park is just a portion of that large 'contraband' camp - as at one time runaway slaves were considered contraband and subject to immediate arrest / seizure in all U.S. states. Interesting history.

1  Thank TheGrandMan
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