The History > Battle of Munfordville
                        Sept. 14-17, 1862


Gen. Braxton Bragg, CSA Gen. Braxton Bragg, CSA

Gen. Don Carlos Buell, USA
Gen. Don Carlos Buell, USA

Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner, CSA
Gen. Simon B. Buckner, CSA

Col. John T. Wilder, USA
Col. John T. Wilder, USA


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Order of Battle


Col. John T. Wilder, Commanding
Union Garrison

Indiana Lt. Artillery, 13th Battery
17th Indiana Infantry (detachment)
60th Indiana Infantry
67th Indiana Infantry
68th Indiana Infantry
74th Indiana Infantry, Cos. C,K
89th Indiana Infantry
28th Kentucky, Co. I
33rd Kentucky (detachment)
34th Kentucky Infantry, Co. G
18th U.S. Infantry, Co. H

Under Col Cyrus L. Dunham:
50th Indiana Infantry, Cos. A,B,D,F,G,H
78th Indiana Infantry, Co. K

Under Capt. A.J. Konkle:
1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery D


Gen. Braxton Bragg, Commanding
Army of the Mississippi

Four Divisions under Hardee, Polk, Cheatham, and Buckner

Brig. Gen. James R. Chalmers
2nd Brig., Right Wing

7th Mississippi Infantry
9th Mississippi Infantry
10th Mississippi Infantry
29th Mississippi Infantry
44th Mississippi Infantry (Blythe's)
Richards' Btn. of Sharpshooters
Ketchum's Battery (2 sections)
19th South Carolina Infantry
28th Alabama Infantry (2 companies)

Scott's Cavalry (detached from Kirby Smith's command)


Other Names:
Battle of Green River Bridge

Confederate Heartland Offensive (1862)

Estimated Casualties:
4,862 total (US 4,148; CS 714)

In the 1862 Confederate offensive into Kentucky, Gen. Braxton Bragg's army left Chattanooga, Tennessee, in late August. Followed by Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell's Union Army, Bragg approached Munfordville, a station on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad and the location of the railroad bridge crossing Green River, in mid-September.

Col. John T. Wilder commanded the Union garrison at Munfordville, which consisted of three regiments with extensive fortifications. Wilder refused Col. John Scott's demand to surrender, which drew Brig. Gen. James R. Chalmers and his forces to reduce the garrison. Wilder also refused Chalmers's demand to surrender on the 14th. Union forces repulsed Chalmers's attacks on the 14th, forcing the Rebels to conduct siege operations on the 15th and 16th

Late on the 16th, realizing that Buell's forces were near and not wanting to kill or injure innocent civilians, the Confederates communicated still another demand for surrender. Wilder, uncertain what he should do, entered enemy lines under a flag of truce, and asked Confederate Maj. Gen. Simon B. Buckner for his advice as an honorable soldier. At first taken aback and complaining that "this is not how such things are done," Buckner at last agreed, with Bragg's consent, to escort Wilder to view all the Rebel troops and to convince him of the futility of resisting. Persuaded, Wilder surrendered.

The formal ceremony occurred the next day on the 17th. With the railroad and the bridge, Munfordville was an important transportation center, and the Confederate control affected the movement of Union supplies and men.

Result(s): Confederate victory

CWSAC Reference #: KY008
Preservation Priority: II.2 (Class B)

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