Monday, October 31, 2011

Catching Up on Civil War 150 — Battle of Carnifex Ferry

Battle of Carnifex Ferry September 10, 1861 in West Virginia

Another battle in West Virginia which wound continue to see conflict for most of the rest of the war. It was important to control this area because of the railroads and the arsenal that was at Harper's Ferry. Carnifex Ferry is about an hour an half drive away from Charleston, West Virginia. This turned out to be a Union victory:

Learning of Col. Erastus Tyler’s rout at Kessler’s Cross Lanes, Brig. Gen. William S. Rosecrans moved three brigades south from Clarksburg to support him. On the afternoon of September 10, he advanced against Brig. Gen. John Floyd’s camps at Carnifex Ferry. Darkness brought and end to the fighting after several hours. The strength of the Union artillery convinced Floyd to retreat during the night.

The state park that is located at the site has turned out a series of articles on the battle. They are in PDF format and can be found by clicking here.

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