GRANT VISITS CORINTH (by Margaret Greene Rogers)
General Grant sent for Mrs.
Grant and their children in July 1862. At that
time, he was making his headquarters at the 900-acre
Whitefield plantation, the current location of the
Industrial Park in Corinth.
In her memoirs Mrs. Grant
wrote that the Union encampment extended from the depot to far
beyond Grant’s headquarters. The evening she
arrived, campfires were burning and the men around them were
singing, “John Brown.”
She said the General’s headquarters were
in a handsome, very comfortable country home situated in a
magnificent oak grove. The house was a two-story frame,
surrounded by wide piazzas, sheltered by maderia vine. On the
grounds were mimosa, magnolia and plantation trees. A wide dirt
walk extended around the house. This walk was kept in fine order
as it was sprinkled and raked morning and evening.
Nellie and Jess, the Grant
children, delighted in making footprints on this walk. In the
evenings after mother had bathed and dressed them for the night,
they begged to make footprints. The General always allowed them
to do so. Yet, he would admonish them to always mind what Mamma
tells you to do.
In August, according to Mrs. Grant,
the General evidently had some important news because he
suddenly sent them to St. Louis.