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6 days 4 hours ago
It is unusual but just wanted to advise of this news. We have begun and expect to be completed by next week our registration of our guns for the 155th Shiloh on April 7,8,& 9, 2017. Bankheads Battery fought at Shiloh with honorable mention and with very little loss of men, horses, or equipment. Bankheads will yet again take the field at Shiloh as a full six gun battery with the help of Huggins, Pillows, and Turners Batteries. We will all fall under one command as Bankheads Battery and hope to be engaged heavily. We will keep you posted as our orders develop.
2 weeks 4 days ago
After-action Report of Parkers Crossroad
The Battery received orders to move on Parkers Crossroad, Tennessee and be ready to assist General Forrest as he moves his forces toward an expected crossing on the Tennessee River. I started with our first gun and wagon the morning of the 11th.
Arriving by 10:30 am locating a secure site with all the amenities necessary to support a full battery close to General Forrest’s calculated movement. The Battery coming from all posts within our district were expected to arrive independently. Company C commanded by Captain Collins arrived and reported setting their camp with us as well. The weather gave us a bit of a chill at night but the clear skies and dry ground was our blessing.
Private Douglas arrived in the day to accompany me as my adjutant. Private Billings after having his post rescind his orders to move, finally convinced his General that she should let him arrive that night. He escaped post so hurriedly that he left his tent poles but some were quickly allocated to him to prevent his tent from becoming only his blanket. It appeared that we were to receive infantry support as a lone infantryman wandered into our camp that evening separated from his unit. He was quickly welcomed and placed on picket to our exposed right. The next morning brought a flurry of activity in the area supporting that we were in the correct location. With the arrival of our other piece and wagon, both were placed in park next to our camp. The 1st Tennessee Heavy arrived along with Rutledge’s Battery and were placed on the line as well. Sgt. Beasley was placed in charge of the right section of our guns with a veteran crew consisting of Cpl. Geminn, Pvt. Lynch, Pvt. Noble, Pvt. Douglas, and Pvt. O’Steen on “The Noble.” A young crew consisting of Pvt. Jones, Pvt. Hunter, Pvt. Hatcher, Pvt. Billings, with Pvt. Elkins and Recruit Caitlin was placed on “Mary Ann”. Corporal Geminn conducted drill of the crews and their instruction was put into play on the field. Ellie expertly and bravely, even in the line of fire recorded and documented the campaign.
On the 12th we began to hear the crack of musketry to our front and soon realized it was General Forrest with union infantry in hot pursuit on his heels. We were called to the guns as the fray got closer. General Forrest thinking he could not make it to his crossing in time decided to lead them to our position and provoke them into a fight with our support. His cunning proved itself again! Our infantry moved in to cover the General’s movement and we opened with our guns promptly and with devastating fire stopping the enemy in its tracks. The battle raged for nearly an hour before there was a call to parley on the field in which both sides agreed to a truce for the evening while the articles of the union surrender were drawn up. We cautiously retired from our guns and pickets were set to guard against a resurgence of attack. Our young crew was quite the subject of the day from other officers on the field. I was complimented several times of their energetic and snappy performance on the gun.
Recruit Caitlin saw the elephant that day and the performance was decorated with the traditional ceremonial sponge tattoo across the cheek by Corporal Gemmin. That evening was quiet, too quiet. The people of Parkers Crossroads rewarded us with a dinner of roast pig and sweet pudding at the end of the day. The locals even struck up music and danced with delight as if to taught the enemy whilst those yanks ate their hard bread and blue beef in the cold that night.
The next day however brought with it union treachery. As the parley resumed and the deed was about to be sealed, a union battalion of infantry with one gun opened on us from the south. Another unit had arrived as reinforcement and all hades broke loose. We had been caught in the middle. The report of the situation to General Forrest was replied to as “Charge ‘em both ways!” and they did. We opened with our guns to the front only to discover that the enemy was moving on our right rear flank. When asked to oblique the right gun to cover our position, Sgt. Beasley and the veteran crew answered with zeal. They immediately moved the gun to our right and poured shell over their heads. General Forrest seeing our position quickly sent a detachment of cavalry twice to our defense successfully pushing them back. Once they moved so close in to call for canister which did send them away from our line. We were able to hold the enemy at bay while allowing General Forrest to escape eastward toward his river crossing unchallenged. When the union surrendered the field and pulled away, we quickly rolled up camp, loaded our guns, and slipped away to the west before they knew we were gone. This will probably be claimed as a union victory in that we were gone from the field. It was in fact a great tactical defeat to the union by our great General Forrest in spite of their treachery and due in a small and probably never recorded part to the performance of Bankheads Battery that day. The “Old Noble” and her veteran crew’s actions saved our position that day with only one loss of Rutledge’s Battery in the contest.
I suspect this to be our last campaign before going into winter quarters. We have new recruits coming in and I’m afraid they will be sorely needed in the coming months. Use this time to resupply your war chests and rest for I receive that General Grant’s army will attempt a movement along the Tennessee in the spring. We most certainly will be called from our posts and into the fray as Grant is a very formidable foe. My only orders to the Battery are to stay close to your families, keep them safe, and enjoy their comfort during the holidays. Feel free to forward this communication to any recruits I may have missed and await any correspondence from me with information as soon as received. My regards to an excellent Battery that I would put up against any other on the field.
Your Obedient Servant,
Captain H. Cohea – commanding
Bankheads Battery Company B
1st Tennessee Light Artillery
3 weeks 2 hours ago
More photos from Ellie!
More photos from Ellie...
Ellie Beard was embedded with the Artillery and taking photos like crazy....
The Choir of Fire singing....
Privates Hunter and Hatcher up early running through drills on the gun.
As part of Signal Corps for Bankhead's Battery I sometimes feel like an "embedded photo journalist".... I'm always keeping my eyes open for a good shot. I turned around to talk with Pvt. Billings and Pvt. Hunter when I noticed the sun breaking through the trees behind us during a brief pause in action yesterday at Parker's Crossroads. It was a sight to behold. The photo didn't do it any justice. But none the less I snapped a pic.
The weather was perfect yesterday and looks to be brisk, but good for today's action. Hope to see everyone there!
Two of our newest recruits: Robert Hatcher and Benjamin Hunter.
Choir of Fire!
"Cannon Swag"....one more time!
Just warming up at Parker's Crossroads 2016! We'll be back at it again tomorrow!
We at Bankhead's Battery like to call this "Cannon Swag".
Expertly executed by Private Hatcher.
For anyone in the West Tennessee area...the weekend's events are almost here!
The Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Association is proud to present the Battle of Parkers Crossroads Living History Event November 12-13, 2016.
Battle Demonstrations at 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Experience the History; learn of the sacrifices made by those who fought on this hallowed ground. Take a step back in time during this two day event! Booming cannons, thundering hooves, shouted commands and the smell of campfires and black powder will fill the air during this Living History weekend.
Location: South of I-40 on Hwy 22/Federal Lane
For more information contact:
Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Association
20945 Hwy 22 N
Parkers Crossroads, TN 38388
We've already arrived at Parker's Crossroads. Staked out the most advantageous ground to set up camp....
Now it's time to find some dinner.
Nice to see your post!!.....I am Albert Sailhorst, of Scott's Battery (formerly Bankhead's Battery, untill Bankhead got promoted!) I think I met y'all at Chickamauga 150th.....
1 - 3 weeks 2 days ago
What time does everyhting get started?
3 weeks 2 days ago
Man that is cool!!
3 weeks 2 days ago
3 weeks 3 days ago
Even our brothers in Pillow's Flying Artillery made the cover of the Bartlett Express!
4 weeks 20 hours ago
Bankhead's Battery Official shared their photo.
Ord Sgt. Rivenbark just sent this photo in from tonight's night fire presentation in Bartlett.