About the Preserve
- 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.