Helpers of all ages are needed for cleanup at one of Corinth’s Civil War historic sites on Saturday.

For National Public Lands Day, Shiloh National Military Park is recruiting volunteers to help work on the Confederate Siege Works site also known as the Beauregard Line. The group will clean the ADA platforms and wayside exhibits and clear and maintain the interpretive trail.

It’s an opportunity to get out and enjoy the cooler weather while providing a service to the community.

“The event is a great opportunity to get kids outside and help erase the ‘nature deficit’ among the next generation,” said Shiloh Superintendent Allen Etheridge.

People can participate as a family or with school, community or other groups, such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

It is also an opportunity to learn about the historic site. Although never used by the Confederates, on October 3, 1862, during the Battle of Corinth, Union soldiers of Hamilton’s Division manned these earthworks north of town to defend against the Confederate attack, according to the National Park Service.

Volunteers should bring work gloves, water and insect repellent. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, and volunteers will meet at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center at 9:45 a.m. for a caravan to the site. The first 50 sign-ups get a fee-free coupon to any federal public lands.

When last held in 2019, National Public Lands Day saw more than 150,000 volunteers provide work at 2,000 sites across the country.

Participants should register in advance by calling the park visitor center at (731) 689-5696.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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