Corinth Avenue

Named for Corinth, Mississippi – or more specifically for the Second Battle of Corinth, a brief but bloody Civil War conflict. (General William Rosecrans led the Union Army to victory.) In 1919, when Sawtelle was its own city, civic leaders rechristened eleven of its streets to memorialize Civil War battle sites, as many Sawtelle residents were veterans of the war. Thus 5th Street became Corinth while others became Antietam, Booneville, Carthage, Chickamauga, Gettysburg, Mobile, Perryville, Petersburg, Shiloh, and Vicksburg avenues. After Los Angeles annexed Sawtelle in 1922, bureaucrats replaced the Civil War theme with a new set of numeric streets – Corinth became 105th Avenue – before finalizing proper names in 1925 (e.g., Cotner Avenue). It’s not clear why Corinth alone got to reclaim its battlefield name. Maybe someone mistakenly thought it honored the ancient Greek city.