The items now on display belonged to Lt. Col. James S. Terral Jr., the leader of the 7th Mississippi Battalion who was mortally wounded while leading a charge against the Union position at White House Ridge during the first day of the battle. He was reportedly a full 20 yards ahead of his men, leading them on, when the fatal bullet found him.
Five items belonging to Terral are on display — his officers sword, a rare .36 caliber Kerr revolver, a small Bible given to the soldier by his mother in 1854, a journal containing his letters and a family portrait of Terral.
Terral was carrying the sword and revolver when he was mortally wounded on Oct. 3, 1862. The belongings were sent home to his son after Terral’s death.
With their unique connection to local history, the items are a welcome addition to the Interpretive Center.
“I’ve been excited about getting this exhibit for a long time,” said National Park Service Ranger Tom Parson. Back in December, Parson wrote about Terral in his weekly Civil War history column in the Daily Corinthian.
The items on display are part of a collection donated to the Interpretive Center by Col. Terral’s great-granddaughter, Rita Jordan Jepsen, who wanted the relics to find a permanent home where they would be preserved and not sold off.
The Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center is open every day except Christmas Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.