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Near Munfordville in Hart County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Fort Craig

Battle and Siege of Munfordville

 

—September 14 - 17, 1862 —

 
Fort Craig Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
1. Fort Craig Marker
Inscription. The mound on the hilltop before you is Fort Craig, a five-pointed earthen “star fort” that saw the fiercest fighting of the Civil War Battle and Siege of Munfordville, September 14-17, 1862. Forces of the 7th, 9th, and 29th Mississippi Infantry, Richards’ Battalion of Sharpshooters, and Garrity’s Section of Ketchum’s Battery assaulted the works from three sides, only to withdraw in confusion. The Union defenders—the 67th Indiana Infantry under command of Col. John T. Wilder—defended their position with two cannons. Their regimental leader, Major Augustus H. Abbett, was shot dead from the ramparts as he rallied his men. The 34-star Union flag that flew here was perforated 146 times by rebel bullets. In spite of their efforts, within two days, they surrendered their fortifications to Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s overwhelming army.
 
Erected by Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve.
 
Location. 37° 15.555′ N, 85° 53.322′ W. Marker is near Munfordville, Kentucky, in Hart County. Marker can be reached from Charlie Dowling Road 0.3 miles north of S. Dixie Highway (U.S. 31W). Click for map. Marker is Stop #5 on the Battlefield Loop (Walking) Trail at the Battle for the Bridge Historic
Battlefield Loop Trail to Stop 5 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
2. Battlefield Loop Trail to Stop 5
Fort Craig Marker is at top of trail
Preserve; the above directions are to the trailhead. Parking is available at the Anthony Woodson Farm of the Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve, which is directly east of the trailhead, but is accessed from S. Dixie Highway (US 31W) 0.3 miles north of its intersection with Charlie Dowling Road. Marker is in this post office area: Munfordville KY 42765, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Munfordville (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); L&N Railroad Bridge (about 700 feet away); Kentucky and the Western War (about 800 feet away); The Raider (about 800 feet away); Anthony Woodson Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Munfordville: Day 1 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Woodson Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Munfordville: Siege (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Munfordville.
 
More about this marker. The marker includes a “Wood engraving from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, October 15, 1862, from a drawing by Henri Lovie”.

The marker notes, “Fort Craig has been preserved with the help of Green River Cemetery and Fort Craig, Inc.”
 
Also see . . .  Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve
Fort Craig Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
3. Fort Craig Marker
Fort Craig is to right of marker at grove of trees
. Official website of the preserve. (Submitted on September 9, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Marker and Fort Craig image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, April 6, 2011
4. Marker and Fort Craig
Fort Craig marker is at center below the fort
Photo courtesy of Contributor Lee Hattabaugh from previous visit
Fort Craig image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
5. Fort Craig
As viewed from the south
Battle of Munfordville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, April 6, 2011
6. Battle of Munfordville Marker
Fort Craig site. Marker on the right.
Photo courtesy of Contributor Lee Hattabaugh from previous visit
Walls of Fort Craig image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
7. Walls of Fort Craig
Battlefield Loop Trail Headed Towards Trailhead image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
8. Battlefield Loop Trail Headed Towards Trailhead
View to southeast from marker location
The End of the Battlefield Loop Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
9. The End of the Battlefield Loop Trail
Stop 1 and Kentucky and the Western War and
The Raider markers visible at end of trail
Fort Craig as viewed from Trailhead image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
10. Fort Craig as viewed from Trailhead
View to northwest
Fort Craig in left center background
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   4. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   6. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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