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

A Lull in the Fighting

A Lull in the Fighting Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, April 3, 2021
1. A Lull in the Fighting Marker
His Line Divided
Colonel Cyrus Dunham had defeated the Confederate attack on the rear of his forces, but to what end? The Union force was divided and confused. Dunham, who had held the brigade together all day by riding up and down the line, calming his men, was south of the fence with part of his force. As the Confederate artillery continued its relentless pounding, the thin line at the split-rail fence began to waver. White flags appeared.

A Demand for Surrender
General Nathan Bedford Forrest sent an officer under a flag of truce to demand Dunham's surrender. As the officer rode toward the Union position, both sides stopped firing. General Nathan Bedford Forrest wrote, "We occupied the battle-field...and had demanded a surrender of the brigade." Colonel Edward F. Noyes of the 39th Ohio regiment reported, "Firing had ceased." Another Ohio colonel stated: "Firing had ceased on both sides, and flags of truce were passing between the parties engaged."

A False Peace
When a flag of truce approached the lines, military protocol demanded that hostilities cease. During these lulls in
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the fighting, soldiers often mixed and traded goods. The Union and Confederate soldiers at Parker's Crossroads took a breath; soldiers on both sides relaxed. Forrest's Adjutant Major John Strange rode to the Union wagon train to inventory what he supposed were captured goods.

Dunham refused Forrest's demand for surrender. When Forrest heard Dunham's reply, he sent the officer with the white flag back to Dunham a second time—this time demanding unconditional surrender. Again, Dunham refused.

As the two sides parlayed, Union Colonel John Fuller deployed his artillery at the Parker house and his men in line of battle north of Forrest's line. Dunham's reinforcements had arrived.
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° 47.167′ N, 88° 23.099′ W. Marker is in Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee, in Henderson County. Marker is on 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 Lull in the Fighting Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, July 24, 2021
2. A Lull in the Fighting Marker
A Dogged Defense (within shouting distance of this marker); A Concealed Assault (within shouting distance of this marker); Freeman's Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Casualties of War (about 500 feet away); The Federal Forces (about 500 feet away); Surprise and Chaos (about 500 feet away); Cyrus Livingston Dunham (about 600 feet away); Desperate Fighting (about 700 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 28, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   2. submitted on July 24, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 3, 2023