Parker's Crossroads

Parker's Crossroads (HM27VK)

Location: Holladay, TN 38341 Benton County
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N 35° 52.217', W 88° 0.237'

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"Charge 'em both ways"

—Forrest's First West Tennessee Raid —

Late in 1862, the Union army Gen. Ulysses S. Grant threatened Vicksburg, Mississippi. Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg ordered Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest to sever Grant's West Tennessee supply line, which extended from Columbus, Kentucky, via the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. Forrest led his cavalry brigade on a raid to destroy tracks and bridges in West Tennessee, December 15, 1862—January 3, 1863. He and his men crossed the Tennessee River at Clifton, defeated Union Col. Robert G. Ingersoll's cavalry at Lexington, captured Trenton and Union City, and ranged briefly into Kentucky. On Christmas Day, Forrest led his brigade back into Tennessee. To stop him, Union Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan, headquartered in Jackson, sent brigades under Cols. Cyrus L. Dunham and John W. Fuller in pursuit. Forrest and his men marched down back roads toward the Tennessee River to elude the Federals, who caught up with them at Parker's Crossroads on December 31.

Forrest narrowly avoided defeat. At first his men fought Dunham's force to a standstill, but then Fuller's command appeared in the Confederate rear. Forrest ordered a breakout in each direction: "Charge 'em both ways." The counterattacks succeeded, and Forrest and his men crossed the river again at Clifton on January 2, 1863. His successful raid contributed to Grant's decision

to move his supply base to Memphis.,br>

Tennessee Civil War Trails invites you to explore the Parker's Crossroads battlefield at Exit 108, as well as other sites related to Forrest's raid.
HM NumberHM27VK
Series This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series
Placed ByTennessee Civil War Trails
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Date Added Monday, May 28th, 2018 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 409366 N 3970026
Decimal Degrees35.87028333, -88.00395000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 52.217', W 88° 0.237'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 52' 13.02" N, 88° 0' 14.22" W
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Area Code(s)731
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near I-40, Holladay TN 38341, US
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