Parkers Crossroads in Henderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Three Desperate Charges
Dunham's men charged the guns under a hail of canister and grape. Part of the Federal line advanced to within 60 paces of the Confederate guns before it was turned back by the intense barrage of fire. Colonel Dunham again ordered his line to charge the batteries to his front and right.
During this charge, Confederate Colonel Alonzo Napier, on the Huntingdon-Lexington Road, mounted a counter attack on the 39th Iowa on the Union left. Napier and some of his men reached the split-rail fence. There, while standing atop the fence, Napier was mortally wounded and the Union enjoyed a short-lived advantage.
Meanwhile, Forrest began to deploy his troops so as to encircle the Union position. These preparations drew men from the Confederate battle line facing south, leaving only one regiment, Dibrell's 8th Tennessee. Dunham seized the opportunity offered by the weakened line and ordered an attack on Dibrell's position but the men, assaulted by a crossfire of canister and shrapnel, were driven back behind the split-rail
During the first Union charge Colonel John Rinaker, commander of the 122nd Illinois, was severely wounded: "I was struck just below the right knee severing an artery, and soon so reducing me that I was unable to take any active part in the fray."
James Drish saw his commanding officer fall: "I was near him when he was struck, and helped him behind a tree and tied handkerchiefs around his leg and stopped the blood … it didn't take me two minutes but he fainted from lack of blood before I finished." Drish's quick thinking saved Rinaker's life.
Erected by Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Association.
Location. 35° 47.304′ N, 88° 23.308′ 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. The marker is along the South Loop Walking Trail beside
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Withdrawal to the Split-Rail Fence (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Parker's Crossroads (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Very Successful Campaign (about 300 feet away); Lt. Col. Alonzo Napier (about 300 feet away); The Lexington-Huntingdon Road (about 300 feet away); McPeake Cabin (about 300 feet away); Nathan Bedford Forrest (about 300 feet away); Battlefield Overview (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parkers Crossroads.
More about this marker. An artillery piece (Parrot rifle) is positioned 300 feet north of this marker and the split-rail fence. It is aimed across Interstate 40 at Forrest's opposing line.
Regarding Three Desperate Charges. A map on the right shows Union attempts to charge north as they are become surrounded by Forrest's brigade.
Additional keywords. Parkers Crossroads
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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