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View Down Federal Line (East View)
At the time of the battle, a rail fence ran along the woodline to the right of the picture. Intense Confederate artillery fire and Forrest's cavalry advance, as above stated, forced Dunham to fall back on this line. The left flank of the line began near here, continued to the wooded hill at the other end of the clearing, and then turned abruptly southward.
Forrest's artillery moved forward once again, and once again Dunham assailed them. Still the attempt was an exercise in futility. Forrest now began to press his soldiers against the Union line

Federal Mass Grave
After the battle, 30 dead Union soldiers were buried on top of the hill that anchored Dunham's fenceline right flank during the battle


Freeman's Battery, Forrest's Artillery
Inscription: Dedicated to Freemanís Battery Forrestís Artillery and Samuel L. Freeman, Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrestís first artillery captain. Freemanís battery fought near here during the Battle of Parkerís Crossroads, Dec. 31, 1862


Freeman's Battery, Forrest's Artillery
Inscription: Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest opened the Battle of Parkerís Crossroads by placing a 12-pdr. Bronze field howitzer under the command of Sgt. Nat Baxter on a knoll in Hicks Field four hundred yards from the enemy. The Federals were supported by three cannon. The Union assault was so intense Baxterís men were forced to load and fire lying down. In spite of the awkward position, the firing was rapid. Baxterís guns dismounted one of the Federal guns to the great satisfaction of Gen. Forrest, who remained with Baxterís gun during the duel and was with the piece frequently throughout the day. The other two guns were later captured. Forrest relied chiefly on his artillery in fighting the Federals at the crossroads and did not expose his soldiers unless necessary for the protection of the guns.
The Federals were driven beyond the crossroads and were surrendering when Forrest was surprised by another Union force behind his artillery. Exposed to fire front and rear, he withdrew in good order leaving the three captured guns and one Confederate gun that had exploded. Two additional guns of Freemanís Battery were left when the new Federal force killed all the artillery horses.
In his report of the battle, Gen. Forrest stated that Captain Freeman and all his men deserved special mention, keeping up as they did a constant fire from their pieces not withstanding the enemy made every effort at silencing their pieces by shooting down the artillerists at the guns
Erected June 8, 2002 by Freemanís Battery Forrestís Artillery Camp 1939 Sons of Confederate Veterans.


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