“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Parson's Battery

4th U.S. Artillery Co. “H” & “M”

Parson's Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
1. Parson's Battery Marker
Inscription. The most powerful federal battery on this field armed with four 3" Ordnance rifles and four 12 pdr. howitzers. This battery of battle hardened regulars poured charge after charge of canister at less than 600 yards into the oncoming grey ranks - helping stifle attacks on the Round Forest and the Nashville Pike, on the morning and early afternoon of December 31, 1862. At times the Confederate infantry were on three sides of the battery, but Lt. Charles C. Parsons gave no ground. During the entire battle, Parsons fired more than any battery, 2,299 rounds, and suffered very few casualties, due chiefly to the havoc caused by their deadly accurate fire. Parsons was promoted to the rank of captain for his heroic action at Stones River.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 35° 52.564′ N, 86° 25.846′ W. Marker was in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker was on Park Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located at stop one, the Eve of the Battle, on the driving tour of Stones River National Battlefield. Marker was in this post office area: Murfreesboro TN 37129, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged (here, next to this marker);
Parson's Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
2. Parson's Battery Marker
Cotton Field – "No Man's Land" (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hazen's Artillery (about 700 feet away); The Federals' Final Rally Turns the Tide (about 700 feet away); Struggle for Round Forest (about 800 feet away but has been reported missing); Anchoring the Union Line (about 800 feet away); Remembering Sacrifices - in Stone (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hazen Brigade Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Murfreesboro.
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one named Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .  Stones River National Battlefield. National Park Service website. (Submitted on October 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Parsons' Battery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
3. Parsons' Battery
One 3-inch rifle and two 12-pdr howitzers represent Parsons' Battery. Note in the distance in the right center is Hazen's Brigade Monument, were that unit stood in the Round Forest. McFadden Lane crosses between the battery location and the forest, intersecting with the Old Nashville Pike.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 812 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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