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).

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Date and Location

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

Campaign

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

Result

  • Union victory

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 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
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