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

Battle of Munfordville: Day 1

Battle and Siege of Munfordville

 

—Sunday, September 14, 1862 —

 
Battle of Munfordville: Day 1 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
1. Battle of Munfordville: Day 1 Marker
Inscription.

An “unauthorized and injudicious” attack ...

General James R. Chalmers was sent by General Bragg as a vanguard to Cave City. There, Chalmers learned from Col. John Scott of a weak Union garrison at Munfordville. Eager for glory—and without orders—Chalmers began a two-pronged attack against the Union fort, stockade and entrenchments.

By the end of the first day, his dead would have to be buried with shovels borrowed from the enemy. An irate General Bragg called it an “unauthorized and injudicious” attack, and moved the entire Army of the Mississippi to Munfordville to finish the job Chalmers began.
 
Erected by Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve.
 
Location. 37° 15.408′ N, 85° 53.369′ 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). Touch for map. This marker is Stop #2 on the Battlefield Loop (Walking) Trail at the Battle for the Bridge Historic 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
Troop Positions and Actions, Dawn image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
2. Troop Positions and Actions, Dawn
Close-up of map on marker
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. Kentucky and the Western War (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Raider (about 400 feet away); Battle of Munfordville: Siege (about 500 feet away); Anthony Woodson Farm (about 500 feet away); The Woodson Farm (about 700 feet away); L&N Railroad Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Craig (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Munfordville (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Munfordville.
 
More about this marker. The marker includes four maps showing and describing troop positions and actions at dawn, 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.
 
Also see . . .  Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve. Official website of the preserve. (Submitted on September 6, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Troop Positions and Actions, 9:00 a.m. image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
3. Troop Positions and Actions, 9:00 a.m.
Close-up of map on marker
Troop Positions and Actions, 10:00 a.m. image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
4. Troop Positions and Actions, 10:00 a.m.
Close-up of map on marker
Troop Positions and Actions, 11:00 a.m. image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
5. Troop Positions and Actions, 11:00 a.m.
Close-up of map on marker
The Beginning of the Battlefield Loop Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
6. The Beginning of the Battlefield Loop Trail
The markers "Kentucky and the Western War" and "The Raider" are found at the trailhead and are the first stop on the trail
Battle of Munfordville: Day 1 Marker<br>on the Battlefield Loop Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
7. Battle of Munfordville: Day 1 Marker
on the Battlefield Loop Trail
Marker is on the right (north) side of the trail
at the top of the rise
Battle of Munfordville: Day 1 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
8. Battle of Munfordville: Day 1 Marker
The marker is the second stop on the trail
Fort Craig and the East End of the Union Line image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
9. Fort Craig and the East End of the Union Line
View to the northwest
Fort Craig is in the grove of trees to the right of the marker
West End of Union Line image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
10. West End of Union Line
View to west-by-northwest
Fort Craig and the Confederate Right Flank image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
11. Fort Craig and the Confederate Right Flank
View to north
Fort Craig is in the grove of trees on the far left
Battle Loop Trail Continuing to Stop 3 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
12. Battle Loop Trail Continuing to Stop 3
View to west from Stop 2
View to East from Battlefield Loop Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
13. View to East from Battlefield Loop Trail
Battle of Munfordville: Day 1 marker is visible along the trail and the Anthony Woodson house is visible to the right of the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on September 6, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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