The Second Battle of Corinth began when Confederate forces attempted to retake Corinth, Mississippi. The 8th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th Wisconsin Infantry regiments, along with the 6th and 12th Wisconsin Light Artillery batteries, fought to protect the city from Confederate troops. The brigade commander recalled that, "I had the 8th Wisconsin, big burly fellows, who could march a mule off its feet, and who proved at Corinth… that they could fight as well as march." At one point, musket fire coming at the 8th Wisconsin Infantry cut the tether holding Old Abe the Eagle on his perch. He soared high above the lines as the battle raged beneath him.