On August 26, Brigadier General John Floyd, commanding Confederate forces in the Kanawha Valley, crossed the Gauley River to attack Col. Erastus Tyler's 7th Ohio Regiment encamped at Kessler's Cross Lanes.
The Union forces were surprised and routed. Floyd then withdrew to the river and took up a defensive position at Carnifex Ferry.
During the month, General Robert E. Lee arrived in western Virginia and attempted to coordinate the forces of Brigadier Gens. Floyd, Henry Wise, and William W. Loring.
Result(s): Confederate victory
Location: Nicholas County
Campaign: Operations in Western Virginia (June-December 1861) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): August 26, 1861
Principal Commanders: Col. Erastus Tyler [US]; Brigadier General John Floyd [CS]
Forces Engaged: Brigades
Estimated Casualties: 285 total (US 245; CS 40)