The Confederates' main fortification is on the high ground overlooking the town center and the railroad junction with entrenched positions arcing from this fort through out the countryside.
|The primary fortification at Corinth, current site of the Corinth Interpretive Center|
On this day in 1862, the Union line of 120,000 men is advancing through the perimeter fortifications and the Confederates, numbering about 70,000, are falling back toward the junction and the protection of their heavy guns. Pope and Sherman are sending conflicting reports of the enemy both reinforcing and withdrawing from their positions throughout the day as they prepare to wrap around the perimeter of Corinth. Buell, holds his forward position less than a mile from the edge of town.
BUELL'S, May 29, 1862.
We have had some skirmishing, but generally it has been quiet in my front. My troops have not changed position. McCook's right is without doubt within 1,000 yards of the enemy's works. If you approve, I will to-morrow crowd the enemy back with a strong line of skirmishers and probably establish two or three divisions on McCook's line, on other side of creek. It seems to me it might be well for Pope to be prepared to move up at the same time, but not be ordered absolutely.
D. C. BUELL,
* ORE correspondence courtesy of my Favorite Link, Ohio State's eHistory