From the Shiloh National Battlefield to the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center that is located at the site of Battery Robinett -- a Union fort that fell to a violent Confederate attack during the Battle of Corinth, folks continue to show their support and love for the Crossroads heritage relating to the Civil War.
One person, in particular, that has proven their dedication to the preservation of Civil War items is Coach Larry Mangus. Coach Magus is the cross-country coach for Corinth High School and the Commander Col. of the W.P. Rogers Camp for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. However, in his spare time he enjoys being a collector of Civil war artifacts.
“I have been collecting things regarding the Civil War for a long time and I love being so close to the history of that war, it is very fascinating, ” Coach Mangus said. “Not only do I like to collect these items for myself but, I like to share them with others too. So, I am doing a series of sharing my collections with the Interpretive Center and I want to encourage people to stop by and view them.”
Coach Mangus’ first series of collections was placed at the Interpretive Center on Thursday. Coach Mangus dropped off some medical artifacts from the Civil War with Park Ranger Tom Parson for display, much to the delight of Parson.
“This is just great,” explained Parson. “Larry is an old friend of the parks and he has a marvelous collection and is always very generous in sharing his stuff.”
Some of the medical items that are now on display at the Interpretive Center are very rare, according to Coach Mangus.
“These medical items that I have brought are some unique items and are something that folks would enjoy seeing,” said Mangus. “We have an old wooden leg that was used as a prosthetic leg, a booze canteen, confederate shot cups that were used and shared for taking medicine and other purposes, a canteen for ether, opium and its derivatives that were legal and used for medicine, and some instruments used for gruesome stuff like amputation saws.”
Parson said that in this particular case involving medical supplies and equipment, that it is something that the center doesn’t get too much of most of the time.
“We have permanent items on collections but in this particular case we were just excited to get them in here, even if they are just loaned to us,” Parson explained. “Anytime we can get genuine items like these in here for people in the community to see and enjoy, it is an honor.”
The Interpretive Center continues to be a part of a growing project that is aiming to preserve key Civil War sites and items and it provides interactive displays, historical information, audio visual presentations and other interpretive displays. Corinth’s Civil War Interpretive Center hopes to continue to help visitors better understand Corinth’s role in the Civil War.