Friday, November 11, 2011

Corinth, Mississippi

As this place is probably destined to become the theater of great events, we lay before our readers all the information as regards its situation, etc., we possess.  The village of Corinth was formerly called Farmington, and is so mentioned in the Gazetteers.  It is a post-village of Tishemingo county, distant 262 miles northeast from Jackson, the capital of the State.  There are about three or four stores in the village, and of course its population must be relatively small.

Tishemingo county forms the northeastern extremity of Mississippi, bordering on Tennessee and Alabama, and has an area of about fourteen hundred square miles.  The Tombigbee river rises in the county; the Tennessee flows along the northeastern border, and it is trained by Tuscumbia creek.

The surface is diversified by small hills; the soil is fertile, especially in the valleys and generally has a substratum of sand.  A large part of the county is covered with forests of oak, hickory, walnut and pine.  The head streams of the Tombigbee furnish valuable motive power.  The route of the Mobile and Ohio railroad intersects the Memphis and Charleston railroad at Jacinto, the capital.  The county was organized in 1836.  The population in 1850 amounted to 15,490, of which 13, 529 were free, and 1,961 slaves.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Friday Morning, April 4, 1862, p. 2

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