Battle of Parker's Crossroads

Battle of Parker's Crossroads (HMDIL)

Location: Wildersville, TN 38388 Henderson County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 47.322', W 88° 23.364'

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Tour Stop 7

Old Split-Rail Fence
December 31, 1862

At approximately 11:00 a.m., Colonel Dunham's Brigade positioned themselves behind a split-rail fence located a few feet behind this area running east and west to the Lexington/Huntingdon Road. By afternoon, and under fire at this position for two hours, many of the men were killed or wounded by rails splintered by the Confederate shelling. Private Joseph Hotz, 50th Indiana, later wrote his wife, "a shell hit the fence near which I stood and the rail struck me down."

Showing great courage, Dunham's men unsuccessfully charged out into the crossfire coming from the Confederate encirclement located on the sandy rise to the northeast, north and northwest.

Confederate Lieutenant Colonel Alonzo Napier led a counterattack on the Union left flank and fell mortally wounded while waving his men on from atop the fence. On the following morning the Union commander ordered that Union troops killed during the previous day's fight be buried on the knoll near the east end of the Union line. Recent archaeological excavations confirmed the location of a number of gravesites.
Placed ByParkers Crossroads Battlefield Association
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 2:44pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 374439 N 3961403
Decimal Degrees35.78870000, -88.38940000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 47.322', W 88° 23.364'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 47' 19.32" N, 88° 23' 21.84" W
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Area Code(s)731
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 21320 TN-22, Wildersville TN 38388, US
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