George McClellan, Portrait

The Battle of Middle Fork Bridge was a minor engagement in Major General George McClellan’s Operations in Western Virginia during the first year of the Civil War. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Middle Fork Bridge Facts

July 6–7, 1861

The Battle of Middle Fork Bridge was fought on July 6 and 7, 1861, in Upshur County, Virginia (now West Virginia).


Date and Location

  • July 6–7, 1861
  • Upshur County, Virginia (now West Virginia)


Principal Union Commanders

  • Brigadier General Newton Schleich
  • Colonel Robert L. McCook
  • Captain Orris A. Lawson

Principal Confederate Commanders

  • Lieutenant Colonel John M. Heck
  • Major Nathan Tyler

Union Forces Engaged

  • 3rd and 9th Regiments, Ohio Volunteer Infantry

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • 25th Virginia Infantry
  • 20th Virginia Infantry

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Hundreds

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Hundreds

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 6 (1 killed, 5 wounded)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • Fewer than 10


  • Union victory

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 Middle Fork Bridge Facts
  • Coverage July 6–7, 1861
  • Author
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 4, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update May 6, 2022