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

Battle of Munfordville: Siege

 
 
Battle of Munfordville: Siege Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
1. Battle of Munfordville: Siege Marker
Inscription. When Braxton Bragg arrived at Green River, Cyrus Dunham had taken command of the Union garrison. The 15th had been spent clearing casualties from the field, but by the next day, gunfire erupted from Bragg’s advance guard, starting a day-long exchange. Gen. Buckner suggested sending a division of Polk’s wing to the other side of the river to place cannons where they could command the garrison’s position. Gradually, a total of 46 guns were placed on the high ground south of the river, and 26 guns north of the river.

Faced with grimly superior numbers, Dunham recommended surrender to the Union officers, and telegraphed his intention to the Union command in Louisville. Dunham received a reply telling him to place Col. Wilder in command. Wilder, unsure of the ethics of surrender, sought advice from the only source available, a person who had only months earlier himself surrendered Fort Donelson to Ulysses S. Grant—Simon Bolivar Buckner. This unheard-of request to an enemy officer so intrigued Buckner that he arranged to give Wilder a tour of the rebel forces. Having seen the vast array of arms against him, Wilder agreed to surrender. It was 2:00 a.m., September 17th. Wilder’s men stacked their arms and the entire force was paroled to Bowling Green. Bragg seized Munfordville, but held it only three days before departing. His
Troop Positions and Actions, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
2. Troop Positions and Actions, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Close-up of map on marker
decision not to fight Buell’s approaching army here squandered the Confederacy’s greatest potential for success in the west, and resulted in the bloody but indecisive struggle at Perryville three weeks later that would end their ambitions in Kentucky.
 
Erected by Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve.
 
Location. 37° 15.43′ N, 85° 53.459′ 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. Marker is Stop #3 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 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: Day 1 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); L&N Railroad Bridge (about 600 feet away); Kentucky and the Western War (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Troop Positions and Actions, 2:30 pm–5:30 pm image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
3. Troop Positions and Actions, 2:30 pm–5:30 pm
Close-up of map on marker
The Raider (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anthony Woodson Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Craig (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Woodson Farm (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 two maps showing and describing troop positions and actions from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The marker also includes images of Confederate officers Bragg, Polk, Buckner, Anderson, Hardee, Withers, and Cheatham and Union officers Wilder and Dunham.
 
Also see . . .  Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve. Official website for the preserve. (Submitted on September 8, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battlefield Loop Trail between Stop 2 and Stop 3 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
4. Battlefield Loop Trail between Stop 2 and Stop 3
Battle of Munfordville: Siege marker visible
at center right just above the grass line
View to North Along Battlefield Loop Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
5. View to North Along Battlefield Loop Trail
Marker is on right (east) side of trail
View to West Towards Union Stockade and Line image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
6. View to West Towards Union Stockade and Line
Stockade was at top of the low hill in left background
Continuing Along Battlefield Loop Trail to Stop 4 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
7. Continuing Along Battlefield Loop Trail to Stop 4
Stop 4 is at the top of the rise
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 8, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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