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Parkers Crossroads in Henderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Battle of Parker's Crossroads

Tour Stop 3

 
 
The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 14, 2009
1. The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker
Inscription.
The Old Crossroads
Mid-Morning, December 31, 1862

Dunham's Union troops, pressured on three sides, rallied around the crossroads near the Parker House but soon retreated beyond the roads and sought cover among the rolling hills to the southeast.

Forrest's main force of mounted troopers, failing in an assault on the left wing of the Union battle line, were then sent eastward along a line just to the north of present-day Interstate 40, to envelop Dunham's right flank.

To meet the threat Dunham charged north along a split-rail fence line. This new position was approximately 300 yards southeast of the intersection of Interstate 40 and State Highway 22. Forrest's cannon decimated Dunham's Brigade, forcing back several of its attacks during which Union Colonel John I. Rinaker lost a leg to shrapnel.
 
Erected by Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Association.
 
Location. 35° 47.626′ N, 88° 23.408′ W. Marker is in Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee, in Henderson County. Marker is on Wildersville Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located at stop three, of the driving tour of Parkers Crossroads Battlefield. The marker is next to the First Bank parking lot. Marker is
Close Up of the Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 14, 2009
2. Close Up of the Map
at or near this postal address: 84 Wildersville Road, Wildersville TN 38388, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Parker's Cross Roads (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Give 'Em Hell" (about 400 feet away); The Battle Begins (about 600 feet away); Fuller's Assault (about 600 feet away); "Charge Them Both Ways" (about 700 feet away); Flight to Safety (about 700 feet away); Forrest's Tactics (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Horseholders (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Parkers Crossroads.
 
Also see . . .
1. Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Association. Details about the battle and efforts to preserve the field. (Submitted on July 2, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Parkers Crossroads. Civil War Preservation Trust site detailing the battle. (Submitted on July 2, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 14, 2009
3. The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker
Replica 3-inch Rifle at Stop 3 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 14, 2009
4. Replica 3-inch Rifle at Stop 3
Confederate Artillery Field of Fire image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 14, 2009
5. Confederate Artillery Field of Fire
Looking south toward modern Interstate 40. The Union positions mentioned on the marker were south of the interstate along a split rail fence.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 935 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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