A 1862 photograph of Capt. William P. Jones and a 1857 pocket Bible were both donated to the National Park Service by individuals who discovered the items had connections to the Cross City.
David Latch of Corinth donated the photo of Jones to the center.
“Mr. Latch came in and said ‘hey, what do you think of this’,” said Park Ranger Tom Parson. “We were happy to take it, especially after we did a little research.”
Jones was a schoolteacher and lived on the outskirts of Corinth before enlisting in the “Kossuth Volunteers,” Company D, 2nd (23rd) Mississippi Infantry.
Parson said Jones went to a local photography studio in January 1862, then sent the photo and letter to his wife.
The second new item on display was discovered by Walt and Helen Hetchler of Rosholt, Wis.
“Mr. Hetchler found this old Bible in a box of odds and ends he purchased at a yard sale,” said Parson. “He decided to donate it to us based on the number of pen and pencil notations on the flyleaves which confirm it was found in Corinth on the last day of the Siege in May 1862.”
The small Bible belonged to nine-year-old Mary Shepherd of Oktibbeha County.
“We did research and found out that Mary gave her Bible to her older brother, Andrew, when he enlisted in the war,” added Parson.
During the final hours of the Siege of Corinth on May 28, 1862, Andrew lost the Bible in one of the forts on the east side of town.
Like the two newest items, many other artifacts currently on display and in the archives at Shiloh National Military Park and the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center have been donated, said Parson.
“Both of these items are very nice donations that we are lucky to have,” he added. “Some people bring us items that don’t fit with us, and we then try to find the best home for the items.”
Parson said items donated to the local park must have a connection to the themes that are interpreted. Those themes include the Battle of Shiloh, the Siege and the Battle of Corinth, the contraband camp, civilians in town during the war and soldiers that were in this area at some point.
“Those are the things that most interest us,” he added.
The exhibit featuring the photograph and Bible will be on display for the next two months. The Interpretive Center is open daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.