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PVT Hiram J Jenkins

PVT Hiram J Jenkins

Birth
Wales Corner, Androscoggin County, Maine, USA
Death 19 Oct 1862 (aged 28)
New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot SECTION 1 PLOT 485
Memorial ID 2591585 · View Source
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He was Killed in acton at The Second Battle of Corinth, in Corinth, Mississippi. After the Battle of Iuka, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price marched his army to meet with Van Dorn's. The combined force, under the command of the more senior Van Dorn, moved in the direction of Corinth, a critical rail junction in northern Mississippi, hoping to disrupt Union lines of communications and then sweep into Middle Tennessee. The fighting began on October 3 as the Confederates pushed the Federal army from the rifle pits
originally constructed by the Confederates for the Siege of Corinth. The Confederates exploited a gap in the Union line and continued to press the Union troops until they fell back to an inner line of fortifications.

On the second day of battle, the Confederates moved forward to meet heavy Union artillery fire, storming Battery Powell and Battery Robinett, where desperate
hand-to-hand fighting occurred. A brief incursion into the town of Corinth was repulsed. After a Federal counterattack recaptured Battery Powell, Van Dorn
ordered a general retreat. Rosecrans did not pursue immediately and the Confederates escaped destruction.
Along the north and east sides of Corinth, about two miles from the town, was a line of entrenchments, extending from the Chewalla Road on the northwest to the
Mobile and Ohio Railroad on the south, that had been constructed by Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard's army before it evacuated the town in May. These
lines were too extensive for Rosecrans's 23,000 men to defend, so with the approval of Grant, Rosecrans modified the lines to emphasize the defense of the town and the ammunition magazines near the junction of the two railroads. The inner line of redoubts, closer to the town, called the Halleck Line, was much more substantial. A number of formidable named batteries, guns positioned in strong earthwork defenses, were part of the inner line: Batteries Robinett, Williams, Phillips, Tannrath, and Lothrop, in the area known as College Hill.[6]
They were connected by breastworks, and during the last four days of September these works had been strengthened, and the trees in the vicinity of the centrally placed Battery Robinett had been felled to form an abatis. Rosecrans's plan was to absorb the expected Confederate advance with a skirmish line at the old Confederate entrenchments and to then meet the bulk of the Confederate attack with his main force along the Halleck Line, about a mile from the center of town. His final stand would be made around the batteries on College Hill. His men were provided with three days' rations and 100 rounds of ammunition. Van Dorn was not aware of the strength of his opponent, who had prudently called in
two reinforcing divisions from the Army of the Tennessee to deal with the difficulty of assaulting these prepared positions

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HIRAM JENKINS
MAINE
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COMPANY K
7th MAINE INFANTRY
OCTOBER 19th 1862


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  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2591585
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Hiram J Jenkins (23 Feb 1834–19 Oct 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2591585, citing Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .