Parkers Cross Roads Battlefield
(December 31st, 1862)
spectacular outcome of the battle of Parker's Cross Roads, waged on December
31st, 1862, became just one of many examples of the ingenuity and the
battle-skills of the dashing C.S. cavalry leader General Nathan Bedford
Forrest. After General Forrest's daring attack on the railroads outside
Jackson on December 19th, the weary Confederate army began its retreat back into
Mississippi. But on December 31st, U.S. Colonel Cyrus Dunham positioned
his army in Forrest's line of retreat at Parker's Cross Roads.
Parkers Cross Roads Battlefield consists of a driving tour through minor and major roads around the present day town of Parker's Cross Roads. Information on the tour can be found at a small tourist information center at the intersection of I-40 and Route 22.
Parkers Cross Roads Battlefield is owned and administered by a private group and administered by the town of Parkers Cross Roads. The battlefield is explored on a 8 stop driving tour that takes roughly an hour and a half to finish. Each individual stop on the tour isn't very interesting, although as a whole the tour does a good job of explaining the battle. Some highlights of the driving tour include an old well that was used by Forrest and his men to obtain water and a graveyard that contains the grave of John Parker, the southern patriot who gave his name to the town and battlefield. Towards the end of the tour, one must walk through a trailer park and a forest to find the site of a mass burial of Union soldiers, marked by a solemn white monument. Remember to pick up directions for the tour at the Western Tennessee tourist office.