Though the Union was indeed surprised, they were eventually able to push the Confederates back to Corinth with the help of reinforcements. The Union then laid siege on the city from April 29-May 30 (called the Siege of Corinth). However, the Confederates secretly abandoned the city and none were left when the Union entered. From this point until early October, Union General Henry Halleck occupied the Verandah-Curlee House, when the Confederates attacked the city with the aim regaining control. The Confederates failed to do so, but the house went back to civilian use. A descendant of the Curlee family, Shelby Hammond Curlee, bought the house in 1921 and by 1938 the rest of the original family property. Another descendant, S.H. Curlee IV deeded the house to the Corinth Library Commission in 1963. It is not clear when the house opened as a museum.