Robert B. Garnett portrait

Brigadier General Robert S. Garnett became the first general officer to die during the Civil War after Union soldiers mortally wounded him during the Battle of Corrick’s Ford. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Corrick's Ford Facts

July 13, 1861

Key facts about the Battle of Corrick's Ford

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Date and Location

  • July 13, 1861
  • Tucker County, Virginia (now West Virginia)

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Department of the Ohio

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Northwest

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 20,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 4,500

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 50 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 53 (13killed, 40 (wounded)

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • The Union victory at Corrick’s Ford helped to secure federal control of western Virginia and contributed to the establishment of the 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 Corrick's Ford Facts
  • Coverage July 13, 1861
  • Author
  • Keywords corrick's ford, facts
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 13, 2021
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