Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged

Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged (HM1KNN)

Location: Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Rutherford County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 52.563', W 86° 25.846'

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1862 - December 31 - noon

The 200 Regular Army gunners of Batteries H and M set up their eight cannon from here all the way to the Nashville Pike. For four solid hours, at brutal short range they fired many hundreds of rounds if munitions into the rebel ranks. Their steady, punishing barrages helped dishearten their foes and encourage their comrades.

...my instructions from General Palmer were to remain where I was, in order to check the advance of the enemy, should he turn our right (flank). At about 8 a.m. our infantry came falling back from the pine woods...our batteries were swung around and brought at once into action. The approach of the enemy was parallel...to our front, and when he arrived within about 300 yards we opened upon his first line...(with) canister...the enemy fell back beyond our view. He reappeared shortly afterward to our left, but again, receiving our fire, fell back beyond our view...At about 12 (noon) just as I had nearly given out of ammunition, I received orders to...retire.
— Charles Parsons, 1st lieutenant, commanding battalion, 4th Regiment United States Artillery
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Placed ByNational Park Service, Stones River National Battlefield
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Date Added Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 551384 N 3970350
Decimal Degrees35.87605000, -86.43076667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 52.563', W 86° 25.846'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 52' 33.78" N, 86° 25' 50.76" W
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Area Code(s)615
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Park Rd, Murfreesboro TN 37129, US
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