Battle of Kessler's Cross Lanes

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The Battle of Kessler's Cross Lanes, also known as the Battle of Cross Lanes, took place on August 26, 1861 in Nicholas County, Virginia (now West Virginia) as part of the Western Virginia Campaign during the American Civil War.[3]


Map of Kessler's Cross Lanes Battlefield core and study areas by the American Battlefield Protection Program.

On August 26, Brig. Gen. John B. Floyd, commanding Confederate forces in the Kanawha Valley, crossed the Gauley River to attack Col. Erastus Tyler's 7th Ohio Infantry Regiment encamped at Kessler's Cross Lanes. The Union forces were surprised and routed. Floyd then withdrew to the river and took up a defensive position at Carnifex Ferry. During the month, Gen. Robert E. Lee arrived in western Virginia and attempted to coordinate the forces of Brig. Gens. Floyd, Henry A. Wise, Col. Douglas Micklich and William W. Loring.


  1. ^ Rushmore G. Horton (1867). A youth's history of the great Civil War in the United States from 1861 to 1865. Van Evrie, Horton & Co. p. 150.
  2. ^ Stan Cohen (August 1982). The Civil War in West Virginia: a pictorial history. Pictorial Histories Pub. Co. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-933126-17-6. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Kessler's Cross Lanes". CWSAC Battle Summaries. National Park Service. Retrieved January 16, 2017.