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

The Battle of Parker's Crossroads

Tour Stop 4

 

—Jones Cemetery and the Old Dug Well —

 
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By David Graff, April 24, 2012
1. The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker
Inscription. As the battle moved from Hicks Field through the crossroads, Forrest's troops began to move east, roughly along the Wildersville Road. Here, near Jones Cemetery, Confederate soldiers watered their horses and filled their canteens at an old dug well, located in front of this marker.

In Jones Cemetery are the graves of the Reverend John A. Parker and his wife Rebecca. Their graves lie north and south, while all others lie east and west. According to the family history of Tom Parker, great great grandson of John Parker, and noted in the Official Records, the Reverend was angered when Union cannon were emplaced in his yard, thus inviting Confederate counter-battery fire. He had been a Unionist, but became further incensed at the Union battery commander's refusal to move, and so swung his allegiance to the Confederacy. When Parker died in 1864, his death-bed wish was "to be buried with my feet to the north - my head to the south, so that when the angel Gabriel sounded his trumpet, I can rise and kick the Yankees back North!"
 
Location. 35° 47.55′ N, 88° 22.856′ W. Marker is near Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee, in Henderson County. Marker is on Wildersville Road (or Bluegrass Lane) 0.6 miles east of State Route 22, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map
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By David Graff, April 24, 2012
2. The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker
Detail of the Parker gravestones and the Old Well.
. The marker is on the access road to the Old Jones Cemetery beside a parking strip for about 10 cars. 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. A Fire Terrible In Its Intensity (approx. ¼ mile away); Enfilading the Line (approx. 0.3 miles away); Manning the Guns (approx. 0.3 miles away); Forrest's Artillery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Horseholders (approx. 0.4 miles away); Union Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Battle Begins (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fuller's Assault (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parkers Crossroads.
 
Regarding The Battle of Parker's Crossroads.
This marker has the following drawings:

Jones Cemetery is only a few steps to the east from here. You may wish to visit the markers pictured here and mentioned in the story to the right. Note: The Jones Cemetery is actually about 200 feet north of the marker. The Parker tombstones are at 35.793231N, 88.380386W

The old well has been a source of clean, pure water for many years, since the early settlers located its underground stream. It is hand-dug and lined with local sandstone.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, October 8, 2010
3. The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker
The Old Dug Well image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 24, 2012
4. The Old Dug Well
The well is near the marker on the Wildersville Road.
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By Brandon Fletcher, October 8, 2010
5. The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker
Located in Jones Cemetery
Parker Tombstones in Jones Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 24, 2012
6. Parker Tombstones in Jones Cemetery
aligned inconsistently with the other graves. The cemetery entrance is about 300 feet north of the marker.
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By Brandon Fletcher, October 8, 2010
7. The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker
Revd. John Parker
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By Brandon Fletcher, October 8, 2010
8. The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker
Rebecca Parker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on March 10, 2014, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 2, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia.   3. submitted on August 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   4. submitted on January 2, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia.   5. submitted on August 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   6. submitted on January 2, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia.   7, 8. submitted on August 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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