"Brass 12 & 6 pounders are in the habit of chawing up and spitting out when vile men with malice of afterthought will pull their tails."
Corp. Lucius B. Corbin, 122nd Illinois
"Open immediately upon them"
When the Union line withdrew to the split-rail fence, General Nathan Bedford Forrest shifted his artillery, creating an arc around the new Union position. Captain Samuel Freeman moved his battery—two 6-pounder bronze smoothbores and two bronze 12-pounder howitzers—east, placing it on the flank of the Union line. Gunner Nat Baxter later recalled that Forrest "told me to open immediately upon them."
Freeman's guns joined Lieutenant John Morton's two guns in the center and two mountain howitzers on the west, keeping up a deadly barrage on the Federals. Private W.H. Peter, 122nd Illinois, wrote a few days later: "They [Freeman's guns] were planted on a ridge within full view & had we not lain down while we were there many more must have been killed." Though rattled, the shaky Union line at the fence did not break.
Captain Samuel L. Freeman
In July 1862, the battery was reorganized as Freeman's Battery, and Freeman promoted to captain. In October, the battery joined General Nathan Bedford Forrest's command.
Forrest abandoned some of his artillery when Union reinforcements arrived at Parker's Crossroads, but it is thought that Freeman's Battery escaped the battlefield. Captain Samuel Freeman served with Forrest until April 10, 1863, when he was killed by Union cavalry at Franklin, Tennessee.
Erected 2015 by Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is December 31, 1862.
Location. 35° 47.221′ N, 88° 23.107′ W. Marker is in Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee, in Henderson County. Marker can be reached from Federal Lane 0.2 miles east of Tennessee Route 22, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located along the South Battlefield Trail, at Auto Tour Stop No. 7 of the Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Auto Tour. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wildersville TN 38388, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Concealed Assault (a few steps from this marker); Casualties of War (within shouting distance of this marker); A Dogged Defense (within shouting distance of this marker); A Lull in the Fighting (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Desperate Fighting (about 400 feet away); Forrest's Artillery (about 500 feet away); Cyrus Livingston Dunham (about 500 feet away); "The General Demands An Unconditional Surrender" (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parkers Crossroads.
Also see . . . Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Association. (Submitted on May 29, 2021.)
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