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

Parsons’ Batteries Heavily Engaged

1862 - December 31 - noon

Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 25, 2012
1. Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged Marker
Inscription. The 200 Regular Army gunners of Batteries H and M set up their eight cannon from here all the way to the Nashville Pike. For four solid hours, at brutal short range they fired many hundreds of rounds of munitions into the rebel ranks. Their steady, punishing barrages helped dishearten their foes and encourage their comrades.

…my instructions from General Palmer were to remain where I was, in order to check the advance of the enemy, should he turn our right (flank). At about 8 a.m. our infantry came falling back from the pine woods...our batteries were swung around and brought at once into action. The approach of the enemy was our front, and when he arrived within about 300 yards we opened upon his first line...(with) canister...the enemy fell back beyond our view. He reappeared shortly afterward to our left, but again, receiving our fire, fell back beyond our view...At about 12 (noon) just as I had nearly given out of ammunition, I received orders to...retire.
— Charles Parsons, 1st lieutenant, commanding battalion, 4th Regiment United States Artillery
Erected by National Park Service, Stones River National Battlefield.
Location. 35° 52.563′ N, 86° 25.846′ W. Marker
Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 25, 2012
2. Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged Marker
Two pieces of artillery represent the two Union batteries located here.
is near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker can be reached from Park Road 0.1 miles south of Old Nashville Highway, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is on a short trail leading east off the Park Road. The trail starts at a 4-vehicle parking area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1563 N Thompson Ln, Murfreesboro TN 37129, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this 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 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Remembering Sacrifices - in Stone (approx. 0.2 miles away); This Far, But No Farther (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hazen Brigade Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Regarding Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged. The marker features a background painting by Andy Thomas of the artillery in action titled "Parsons’ Batteries Heavily Engaged."
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Parson's Battery” (Submitted on May 22, 2015.)
Parsons' Batteries image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 25, 2012
3. Parsons' Batteries

2. Stones River National Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on May 22, 2015.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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