Parkers Crossroads in Henderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Captain John W. Morton, Jr.
The Confederacy's Youngest
Captain of Artillery
Morton's Battery fought near here
December 31, 1862
in the Battle of
Parker's Crossroads, TN.
with Two Mountain Howitzers
and Two 3" Steel Rifled
December 27, 1862 — May 9, 1865
Morton's Battery served at Parker's Crossroads on December 31, 1862. The artillery was placed at close range and ordered by Forrest to "Give 'em Hell." During the battle, one of the Confederate guns exploded. While the U.S. forces were surrendering, Forrest's was surprised by the brigade of Colonel John W. Fuller under the command of Brigadier General Jeremiah Sullivan. What looked like victory began to resemble a defeat. Forrest was able to extract most of his command. With the exception of the exploded gun, all the Confederate artillery, including the "bull pups," was safely removed. The three captured pieces were left behind, as their horses had been killed and there was not time to substitute others. Eighteen members of Morton's Battery were captured along with three hundred cavalrymen. Freeman and Morton were conspicuous for
After Captain Freeman's death, April 10, 1863, Captain Morton later became General Forrest's Chief of Artillery.
Freeman's Battery Forrest's Artillery
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Erected 2007 by Sons of Confederate Veterans (See end of text).
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
Location. 35° 47.78′ N, 88° 23.418′ W. Marker is in Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee, in Henderson County. Marker can be reached from Tennessee Route 22 0.6 miles north of Interstate 40, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Parker's Crossroads (here, next to this marker); The Tides of War (a few steps from this marker); Forrest's West Tennessee Raid (a few steps from this marker); Forrest's Tactics (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Parker's Crossroads (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Battle of Parker's Crossroads (about 300 feet away); Freeman's Battery (about 300 feet away); Flight to Safety (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parkers Crossroads.
More about this marker. The marker has an engraved Confederate States artillery symbol on the front and is topped by a stylized pyramid of cannonballs.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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