The Battle of Richmond, Kentucky, fought August 29 and 30, 1862, was the first major battle in the Kentucky Campaign. Major General Edmund Kirby Smith launched an attack against Union major general William "Bull" Nelson's forces, which were defending the town. Nelson had asked General Manson not to start a general battle against the approaching Confederates. On the morning of August 30, disobeying orders, and confident following the fighting the day before around Big Hill, Manson chose to continue to advance against the rebels.
At the same time, Kirby Smith asked Cleburne to attack the Federal positions around Richmond, promising him the imminent arrival of Churchill's division as reinforcements.
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