Near Parkers Crossroads in Henderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Battle of Parker's Crossroads
Tour Stop 4
—Jones Cemetery and the Old Dug Well —
In Jones Cemetery are the graves of the Reverend John A. Parker and his wife Rebecca. Their graves lie north and south, while all others lie east and west. According to the family history of Tom Parker, great great grandson of John Parker, and noted in the Official Records, the Reverend was angered when Union cannon were emplaced in his yard, thus inviting Confederate counter-battery fire. He had been a Unionist, but became further incensed at the Union battery commander's refusal to move, and so swung his allegiance to the Confederacy. When Parker died in 1864, his death-bed wish was "to be buried with my feet to the north - my head to the south, so that when the angel Gabriel sounded his trumpet, I can rise and kick the Yankees back North!"
Location. 35° 47.55′ N, 88° 22.856′ W. Marker is near Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee, in Henderson County. Marker is on Wildersville Road (or Bluegrass Lane) 0.6 miles east of State Route 22, on the left when traveling east. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Fire Terrible In Its Intensity (approx. ¼ mile away); Enfilading the Line (approx. 0.3 miles away); Manning the Guns (approx. 0.3 miles away); Forrest's Artillery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Horseholders (approx. 0.4 miles away); Union Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Battle Begins (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fuller's Assault (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Parkers Crossroads.
Regarding The Battle of Parker's Crossroads.
This marker has the following drawings:
Jones Cemetery is only a few steps to the east from here. You may wish to visit the markers pictured here and mentioned in the story to the right. Note: The Jones Cemetery is actually about 200 feet north of the marker. The Parker tombstones are at 35.793231N, 88.380386W
The old well has been a source of clean, pure water for many years, since the early settlers located its underground stream. It is hand-dug and lined with local sandstone.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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