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The Battle of Keesler's Cross Lanes

August 26, 1861 in Nicholas County, West Virginia

Union Forces Commanded by
Col. Erastus Tyler
Strength Killed Wounded Missing/Captured
± ? 5 40 200
Confederate Forces Commanded by
Brig. Gen. John Floyd
Strength Killed Wounded Missing/Captured
± ? ? ? ?
Conclusion: Confederate Victory
Western Virginia Operations

On August 26, Brig. Gen. John Floyd, commanding Confederate forces in the Kanawha Valley, crossed the Gauley River to attack Col. Erastus Tyler’s 7th Ohio 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.

Later in the month, Gen. Robert E. Lee arrived in western Virginia and attempted to coordinate the forces of Brig. Gens. Floyd, Henry Wise, and William W. Loring.

The Battle of Kessler's Cross Lanes was also known as the Battle of Cross Lanes

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