Around 2am on Sunday morning November 28th, 1920, the Volunteers marched to Kilmichael from Ahilnane, north of Enniskeane, after Fr.O´Connell P.P. Enniskeane, had heard their confessions. Pat Deasy a sixteen-year-old from Kilmacsimon and John Lordan, Newcestown joined them later. They deployed them thus:
- The Command Post occupied by Tom Barry with Jim (Spud) Murphy and John (Flyer) Nyhan, both from Clonakilty and Mick O´Herlihy from Union Hall.
- No.1 section – consisted of 10 men, north of the road.
- No.2 section – Michael McCarthy from Dunmanway led 10 more, were situated behind the monument.
- No.3 section – Stephen O´Neill was in charge of 12 men, who were divided in to 2 groups of 6, at either side of the road.Two unarmed scouts were posted at the northern side of the ambush and another on the Dunmanway side.