The Civil War Interpretive Centre is located in Corinth, Mississippi. The centre is part of the National Park Service at the site of Battery Robinett, and is committed to preserving and teaching visitors about the war sites of the Corinth area through interpretive and interactive displays, information and visual presentations. The centre shows how the town of Corinth was involved in the Battle of Shiloh, the April and May Union siege and capture of the city and the attack from General Earl Von Dorn which resulted in the 1862 Battle of Corinth. The grounds of the interpretive centre are where the wounded and dead soldiers lay during this attack.
The centre is a $9.5 million facility with over 5,000 square feet of exhibition space inside a red brick museum and out. The outdoor exhibit is permanent and shows the forts that were constructed by Federal troops that were guarding Corinth once they took possession of the town in 1862. On the grounds of the centre is the Stream of History living sculpture. This artwork is created from water and stone and tracing the flow of time from the United State founding through to the Civil War.
Other exhibits include displays to help visitors interpret the traces of the battlefield, reenactments of the fighting and monuments to the soldiers who were killed in the Battle of Corinth. The centre building works with the natural slope of the earthwork and mimic's its shape.
A film is able to be viewed on the Battle of Shiloh in a small amphitheater with bench seating available. Seven monitors in varying sizes show maps, troop positions, re-enactments, drawings and photographs from the Civil War era.
The Interpretive centre has a path leads visitors from the parking lot to the entrance through switchbacks with bronzed civil war items paved into the path. The displays are colorful and easy to read in the large open space.
As the centre is part of the National Park Service there is no admission fee for visitors. The centre is designed as a self guided tour, although there are two rangers on duty in the centre to assist visitors with any queries they may have.
The Civil War Interpretive Centre is a must see on the western Civil War itinerary. Stopping at this centre will help visitors have a better understanding of the Battle of Shiloh and the Civil War by the use of easy to use displays, paraphernalia, charts and videos.