On Sunday, February 10th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Tennessee General Assembly member Steve McDanile to speak on “The Rise of the Parkers Crossroads Battlefield.”

In 1993, the Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Association was created under the leadership of McDaniel, and since that time has acquired 349 acres. The battlefield is located halfway between Nashville and Memphis and literally bisected by Interstate-40. It was here Christmas Eve 1862 where federal forces nearly trapped the command of General Nathan Bedford Forrest until he gave the order “charge them both ways.” The audacity of such an order enabled the Confederates to escape the trap and cross the Tennessee River at nearby Clifton. The park has several miles of walking trails, a visitors and event center and is one of the best-preserved battlefields in the country.

Rep. McDaniel is a business owner, public servant, and historian. He has received numerous awards including the Civil War Trust’s State Preservation Leadership Award, the UDC’s Jefferson Davis Award, The Robert E. Lee Award for Heritage Preservation and the Dr. Frank Vandiver Award of the Houston Civil War Round Table.

The event is free to the public. The Franklin Civil War Round Table is an educational program of Franklin’s Charge, and meets each month at Carnton Plantation’s Fleming Center, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle. For more information, email, or visit

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