Carnifex Ferry, WV

Date: September 10, 1861

Campaign: Operations in Western Virginia [June-December 1861]

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union: Brig. Gen. William S. Rosecrans

  • Confederate: Brig. Gen. John Floyd

Principal Forces:

  • Union: Brigades

  • Confederate: Brigades


  • 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.

Photo Gallery:2

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

The Battle of Carnifex Ferry

Henry Patterson House

Henry Patterson House

Camp Gauley

A Soldier's Recollection

Old Ferry Road

Old Ferry Road

Description of Battle of Carnifex Ferry

Description of Battle of Carnifex Ferry

Artillery Thunder

Journey's End

Granville Blevins Grave Site

"Follow me my men, charge!"

Friendly Fire


Classification3: B

Casualties4: 250 total

  • Union:

  • Confederate:

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Websites:

Lodging and Restaurants: West Virginia Tourism

Recommended Resources:

1 National Park Service summary.

2 Please click on the image to enlarge it. You may copy the images if you include the following note and link with each image: "Courtesy of"

3 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

4 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 12/16/2016