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

The Confederate Escape

The Confederate Escape Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, April 3, 2021
1. The Confederate Escape Marker
Confusion and Retreat
The arrival of Fuller's Ohio Brigade and General Nathan Bedford Forrest's subsequent charge caused much confusion. Some Confederate regiments followed Forrest east, others ran west. Colonel George Dibrell reported, "We retreated through the large cotton fields between a fire from the re-enforcements and the brigade we had just driven back."

As Fuller's infantry charged down the hill, a few surprised Confederate horseholders in Parker's orchard mounted and galloped away. The Ohioans captured the rest. South of Dunham's line, Colonel Alfred Russell's 4th Alabama Colonel Tom Woodward's Kentucky Battalion fired into the Union soldiers. Their action occupied the Union troops long enough for the Confederates on the west side of the battlefield to get away. Mounted Confederates dashed about everywhere, all of them heading south.

Confederate Losses
The Confederates took most of their artillery and eighty or so Union prisoners with them. The Federals captured two guns, all of the ammunition wagons, and several cassons. Confederate reports regarding losses vary.

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stated that he lost four men killed and twenty-seven wounded, and that Union forces had captured 122 of his men and 130 horses. Lieutenant John Morton gave the total number captured at 300, including eighteen men from his battery and Colonel Nicholas Cox's battery. Forrest's report to General Braxton Bragg stating that he lost sixty killed or wounded and one hundred captured was a gross and perhaps deliberate underestimate.
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° 47.057′ N, 88° 23.098′ 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. Surprise and Chaos (within shouting distance of this marker); Forrest Averts Disaster (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 7th Wisconsin Light Artillery (about 400 feet away); The Federal Forces (about 600 feet away); Union Wagon Train
Ravine along the Battlefield Trail near the marker. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, April 3, 2021
2. Ravine along the Battlefield Trail near the marker.
(about 600 feet away); Russell & Woodward's Advance (about 700 feet away); A Lull in the Fighting (about 700 feet away); A Dogged Defense (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 30, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 28, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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