Black and white photo of William H. Rosecrans.

Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans’ victory at the Battle of Carnifex Ferry in 1861 contributed to the eventual Confederate withdrawal from western Virginia. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Carnifex Ferry Facts

September 10, 1861

Key facts about the Battle of Carnifex Ferry.

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Date and Location

  • September 10, 1861
  • Nicholas County, Virginia (now West Virginia)

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of West Virginia

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Floyd’s Brigade

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 5,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 2,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 160 (killed (17), wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 30 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • The Union victory at the Battle of Carnifex Ferry contributed to the eventual Confederate withdrawal from western Virginia.
  • The Union victory at the Battle of Carnifex Ferry contributed to the eventual creation of the separate state of West Virginia.

Timeline of the Western Virginia Campaign

These are the main events and battles of the Western Virginia Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Carnifex Ferry Facts
  • Coverage September 10, 1861
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of carnifex ferry, american civil war, william s. rosecrans, john b. floyd
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date January 18, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 13, 2021
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