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 Union general in charge cited the 14th Wisconsin Infantry for heroic service at Corinth, calling it "the regiment to rely upon in every emergency; always cool, steady, and vigorous." The 17th Wisconsin Infantry was composed mainly of Irish immigrants. They led a bayonet charge with the Gaelic battle cry "Faugh a ballaghl" ("Clear the way!"), which the same general called, "the most glorious charge in the campaign."