Anniversary of the Battle of Parkers Crossroads

 

 

One of the many battlefield markers which outline the days fighting at Parkers Crossroads, December 31, 1862. Photo by W. Clay Crook/The Lexington Progress.

One of the many battlefield markers which outline the days fighting at Parkers Crossroads, December 31, 1862.
Photo by W. Clay Crook/The Lexington Progress.

 

Saturday, December 31st was the 154th Anniversary of the Battle of Parkers Crossroads. The re-enactments and living histories have been held throughout the year.  The re-enactment was celebrated in November this year.   In times past, the reenactment was held in June, on the Saturday that the meteorologists say is the least likely to rain.  It was held every other year, alternating with Brices Crossroads, which was actually fought that time of year in 1864.    A memorial march commemorating the actual Battle of Parkers Crossroads, is held on the day of the battle whenever possible.   Rain spoiled the plans of battlefield enthusiasts to hold a march on Saturday, but it is an event that is truly worth the wait for next year.   Groups usually travel by wagon to  Tour Stop Two, where the battle began in earnest that brisk day 154 years ago.   Dressed in period attire and uniforms, people chat humorously with their friends.  But you often noticed a far off look in the eyes of many, as the creaking sounds of the wagon, and the sonorous clip clop of…

For the complete story, see the January 4th edition of The Lexington Progress.

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