Freeman's Battery

Freeman's Battery (HM1F2Q)

Location: Chapel Hill, TN 37034 Marshall County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 38.282', W 86° 45.35'

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Commanded by Samuel L Freeman

— General Nathan Bedford Forrest's 1st Artillery Captain —

Freeman's Battery under the command of Captain Samuel L. Freeman, served with General Forrest from October 9, 1862 until April 10, 1863. On that day, while advancing toward Franklin, Tennessee on the Lewisburg Pike, General Forrest's command was attacked by the 4th U.S. Cavalry. Forrest's regiments were widely separated and Freeman's isolated battery was the focus of their charge. Freeman ordered the battery into action, injuring his knee while placing the guns. A primer failed, and the enemy captured 31 men and their guns.

Hearing the gunfire, Forrest rushed toward the battery's position. Fearing Forrest's vengeance, the Federals cut the guns down, and ordered their captives to run or be shot. Unable to run, the unarmed and injured Freeman was shot in the mouth, killing him instantly. The battery doctor was also shot, but survived. The promising young teacher, law student and Forrest's first artillery captain had been murdered.

Captain Freeman was buried in Springhill, Tennessee, on April 11, 1863. In future engagements, General Forrest never gave quarter to the 4th U.S. Cavalry. Of Captain Freeman, Forrest said, "Brave man, none braver".

Command of the battery then passed to Captain Amirah Huggins who would command the battery until the end of the war. Years after the war, one of the battery's cannonneers stated, "we always held to the name of Freeman."
HM NumberHM1F2Q
Year Placed2010
Placed ByFreeman's Battery, Forrest's Artillery, Camp 1939 Sons of Confederate Veterans
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 4:35am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] JESSI WINN  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 522106 N 3943829
Decimal Degrees35.63803333, -86.75583333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 38.282', W 86° 45.35'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 38' 16.92" N, 86° 45' 21.00" W
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Area Code(s)931
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4439 Pyles Rd, Chapel Hill TN 37034, US
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