The Battle of Parker's Crossroads

The Battle of Parker's Crossroads (HM1DBO)

Location: Wildersville, TN 38388 Henderson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 47.832', W 88° 23.419'

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Tour Stop 1 - Overview of Battle Area

— December 31, 1862 —

The north-south tree line parallel to today's Highway 22 marks the roadbed of the old Huntingdon-Lexington road. Union Colonel Cyrus L. Dunham's Brigade marched south to Parker's Crossroads on December 31, 1862 to block the route of the Confederate cavalry. South of this point is the site of Reverend John A. Parker's home (3).

Knowing that Confederate Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest's 1,800 troopers were camped in the area of Flake's Store, four miles northwest of the crossroads, Dunham deployed his troops up the Cecil Wall Road (2) to meet them. The battle then progressed southeast beyond the crossroads.

Very late in the battle, in an orchard and field behind what is the present-day U.S. Post Office, Fuller's Ohio Brigade surprised Forrest's horse-holders with an attack from the north. Forrest ordered his men to "charge both ways" to get out of the trap and the Confederates then withdrew south and east across the Tennessee River.

Map The marker includes a map titled: Early Morning - December 31,1862 - Forrest's Approach To Parker's Crossroads
Placed ByParkers Crossroads Battlefield Association
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 11:09pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 374370 N 3962347
Decimal Degrees35.79720000, -88.39031667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 47.832', W 88° 23.419'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 47' 49.92" N, 88° 23' 25.14" W
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Area Code(s)731
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10457-10507 Parkers Crossroad Cemetary Rd, Wildersville TN 38388, US
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