Battle of Carnifex Ferry

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Battle of Carnifex Ferry
Began:

September 10, 1861

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Nicholas County, Virginia (now West Virginia)

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Operations in Western Virginia

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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Floyd's Brigade

Commanders

William S. Rosecrans
Brigadier General, USA

John B. Floyd
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength

5,000 est.

2,000 est.

Casualties

Killed: 17
Wounded: 141

Killed: unknown; est. less than 10
Wounded: 30

  

Learning of Col. Erastus Tyler’s rout at Kessler’s Cross Lanes, Brig. Gen. William S. Rosecrans moved three brigades south from Clarksburg to support him. On the afternoon of September 10, he advanced against Brig. Gen. 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 Brig. Gen. Henry Wise, contributing to further dissension in the Confederate ranks. (NPS summary)

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