Carnifex Ferry
Civil War West Virginia


American Civil War
September 10, 1861

Learning of Col. Erastus Tyler's rout at Kessler's Cross Lanes, Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans moved three brigades south from Clarksburg to support him.

On the afternoon of September 10, he advanced against Brigadier General John Floyd's camps at Carnifex Ferry. Darkness halted several hours' fighting.

The strength of the Union artillery convinced Floyd to retreat during the night. Floyd blamed his defeat on his co-commander Brigadier General Henry Wise, contributing to further dissension in the Confederate ranks.

Result(s): Union victory

Location: Nicholas County

Campaign: Operations in Western Virginia (June-December 1861) next battle in campaign    previous battle in campaign

Date(s): September 10, 1861

Principal Commanders: Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans [US]; Brigadier General John Floyd [CS]

Forces Engaged: Brigades

Estimated Casualties: 250 total

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