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

Union Wagon Train

Union Wagon Train Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 24, 2012
1. Union Wagon Train Marker

Protecting the Wagons: The success or failure of any campaign depended on the safety of the supply trains. When Dunham deployed his forces along the Lexington-Huntingdon Road the Union wagon train was sent to the rear, out of harm's way. The wagoners drove the supply train into the hollow in front of you, where the terrain concealed the wagons and offered some protection.

Wagons Captured: When the Confederates charged the Union rear, the wagons were caught in the middle. The two companies guarding the train met the Confederate charge but some of the wagoners panicked. While attempting to escape they drove deeper into the hollow where they were captured.

Retaking the Wagons: When Dunham learned what had happened, he called upon the 39th Iowa, asking, "Will anyone volunteer to retake our wagons?" Captain Charles A. Cameron, Company G, immediately volunteered. Company G, under the command of Major Horace N. Atkinson of the 50th Indiana, advanced toward the Confederates.

They not only recaptured the wagons but also took several Confederate officers prisoner, among them Major John P. Strange, General Forrest's adjutant, and Colonel McKee, his aid [sic]. The wagons were retaken as Colonel Fuller's Ohio Brigade arrived at the battlefield, scattering the Confederates and ending
Creek Where the Union Wagon Train Was Captured image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 24, 2012
2. Creek Where the Union Wagon Train Was Captured
View to south toward creek bed and Tour Stop 5.
the Battle of Parker's Crossroads.

Supplying the Army: Supplying an army on the march was a tremendous task. There is no record of the number of Union wagons at Parker's Crossroads, but the number specified by the Quartermaster Department was 10 wagons per brigade, plus extras. These included quartermaster, commissary, ammunition and ambulance wagons. Fifteen or more wagons probably accompanied Dunham's brigade. These wagons carried everything an army on the march needed - rations, ammunition, arms, tents, blankets, cooking equipment, lanterns, horse equipment, feed, medical supplies, and more.
Location. 35° 47.064′ N, 88° 23.214′ 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. Touch for map. Marker is on the South Loop Trail about one half mile from its start at the Tour Stop 7 parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Wildersville TN 38388, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Parker's Crossroads (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lexington-Huntingdon Road (approx. mile away); Union Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Forrest's Artillery
Union Wagon Train Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 24, 2012
3. Union Wagon Train Marker
View looking east toward ravine in woods. Creek bed is to the right.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); A Very Successful Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away); Three Desperate Charges (approx. 0.3 miles away); Withdrawal to the Split-Rail Fence (approx. 0.3 miles away); McPeake Cabin (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parkers Crossroads.
Regarding Union Wagon Train. This marker includes two drawings of wagon trains on the move. One is captioned: One wagoner, Dimmick Layton of the 39th Iowa, was killed trying to protect the wagons.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Additional keywords. Forrest
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on March 10, 2014, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 3, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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