Parker's Crossroads in Henderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Forrest's Brilliant and Unconventional Use of Artillery is one of the hallmarks of the Battle of Parker's Crossroads. He placed his artillery in front of his troops, rather than behind them, and used a continuous barrage of fire from his guns to force the Federals into a position of his choosing.
When the Union line withdrew to the split-rail fence, Forrest ordered his artillery to press forward. Those manning the guns pushed and pulled their pieces over the muddy terrain, paused to fire, and on Forrest's orders advanced again, drawing ever closer to Union troops in the woods behind the fence.
When the advance halted, Confederate artillery was positioned west, north, and east of the Union line at a distance of less than 200 yards. Three attempts by the Federals to charge the guns were repulsed. Lieut. Amariah L. Huggins, who stood next to Sergeant Nat Baxter's gun, a 12-pounder howitzer, remembered, "The enemy was so close to us that Dibrell's men were compelled to fire lying down. At this crisis (Sergeant) Baxter did the loading of our gun battery himself, lying upon his back and ramming the charge home." Huggins protecting the artillerist, fired his Navy Colt repeatedly into the Union troops as they advanced.
The artillery having successfully contained the Union line, Forrest pushed
Confederate Artillery Position
Confederate artillery, probably part of Captain Samuel Freeman's battery, occupied a position 500 feet east of the Union line, which extended along the fence to the tree line in front of you. Friction primers, which ignited the cannon's powder charge and caused it to fire, were found by archaeologists on a low rise about 600 feet east of here, confirming that Confederate artillery were present. The mown trail leads to that actual artillery position.
Location. 35° 47.299′ N, 88° 23.123′ W. Marker is in Parker's 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 at or near this postal address: 20945 TN-22, Wildersville TN 38388, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Enfilading the Line (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Three Desperate Charges (approx. 0.2 Withdrawal to the Split-Rail Fence (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lexington-Huntingdon Road (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Parker's Crossroads (approx. ¼ mile away); A Very Successful Campaign (approx. ¼ mile away); McPeake Cabin (approx. ¼ mile away).
Also see . . . Parker's Crossroads Battlefield. (Submitted on August 22, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.