The Preserve is listed on the
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The Preserve 
   
The Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve protects 219 acres of the overlapping battlefields of three distinct Civil War battles:

The Battle of Rowletts Station
(December 17, 1861, KY-004)

The Battle and Siege of Munfordville

(September 16-17, 1862, KY-008)

The Battle of Woodsonville

(September 20-21, 1862)

The first two of these battles are recognized in the Congressional Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefields, and the Battle and Siege of Munfordville is considered to be of National Significance for its strategic importance to the outcome of the Civil War in the Western Theatre. Some modern scholars have begun to refer to this battle at Munfordville as the "high-water mark of the Confederacy in the West."

Although long overlooked in the shadow of the bloodier contemporary battles of Antietam and Perryville, Munfordville is now gaining both scholarly and public interest.

The Preserve also protects remnant fortifications left over from the Civil War, scenic viewsheds a soldier would recognize and which bespeak years of occupation, areas that hint of the Underground Railroad and the service of the U.S. Colored Troops, and the historic Anthony Woodson House and farm, which stand as a reminder of the suffering of civilians who took no sides in war.

The Preserve is a cooperative effort between the Hart County Historical Society, the Civil War Preservation Trust, and private landowners who care about their heritage and their community and have donated preservation and conservation easements on their property to protect it for furture generations.

The Preserve is nonprofit, non-governmental, and relies on the the goodwill, cooperation, and volunteer efforts of its friends to carry out its mission to preserve, educate, and contribute to the economic vitality of the community.