On September 6, 2019, Shiloh National Military Park, the city of Parkers Crossroads, and the Tennessee Historical Commission will have a public signing ceremony commemorating the establishment of Parkers Crossroads as an affiliated area of the National Park Service.
The ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Parkers Crossroads Visitor Center, located at 20945 TN-22, Parkers Crossroads, TN 38388.
Representing the National Park Service will be Dale Wilkerson, Superintendent of Shiloh National Military Park; representing Parkers Crosswords will be Kenneth Kizer, Mayor of Parkers Crossroads; and representing the Tennessee Historical Commission will be Patrick McIntyre, Executive Director.
“Earlier this year congress passed, and the president signed, public law 116-9, which formally established Parkers Crossroads Battlefield as an affiliated area of the National Park Service,” said Shiloh Superintendent Dale Wilkerson. “Becoming an affiliated area offers many benefits to the battlefield, and allows the National Park Service to enter into agreements to provide assistance for interpretation and preservation of the battlefield. We are extremely pleased to be able to formalize our long-standing relationship with Parkers Crossroads.”
“The designation of Parkers Crossroads as an affiliated area of the National Park Service is a tremendous honor,” said Tennessee Historical Commission Executive Director Patrick McIntyre. “This recognition is a testament to the importance of this place, as well as an endorsement of the work by those who have been instrumental in preserving this battlefield for posterity.”
“Parkers Crossroads is pleased to establish this partnership,” said Mayor Kenneth Kizer. “It is going to raise the level of interpretation and increase visitation to this historic site. We appreciate all the efforts made at the federal and state level to bring this to fruition.”
Parkers Crossroads Battlefield preserves and interprets the site where almost 2,000 men commanded by Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest were engaged by two Federal brigades commanded by General Jeremiah C. Sullivan on December 31, 1862. After the fight, General Forrest was able to cross the Tennessee River.