Portrait of Erastus B. Tyler

Union Colonel Erastus Tyler’s victory at the Battle of Kessler’s Cross Lanes contributed to the eventual Confederate withdrawal from western Virginia. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Kessler's Cross Lane Facts

August 26, 1861

Key facts about the Battle of Kessler's Cross Lane fought on August 26, 1861, during the Western Virginia Campaign.


Also Known As

  • Battle of Cross Lanes

Date and Location

  • August 26, 1861
  • Nicholas County, Virginia (now West Virginia)


Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

  • Brigadier General John Floyd

Union Forces Engaged

  • 7th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Confederate forces in the Kanawha Valley

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 850

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 2,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 141 (killed, wounded, and captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 40 (killed, wounded, and captured/missing)


  • Confederate victory


  • Confederate forces held off the Union attack and were then able to take a defensive position at Carnifex Ferry.

Timeline of the Western Virginia Campaign

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


Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Kessler's Cross Lane Facts
  • Coverage August 26, 1861
  • Author
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 16, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 27, 2022