Nicholas County, West
Operations in Western Virginia (June-December 1861)
Date(s): September 10, 1861
Principal Commanders: Brig.
Gen. William S. Rosecrans [US]; Brig. Gen. John Floyd [CS]
Forces Engaged: Brigades
Estimated Casualties: 250
Description: 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 halted several hours
fighting. The strength of the Union artillery convinced Floyd to
retreat during the night. Floyd blamed his defeat on his
co-commander Brig. Gen. Henry Wise, contributing to further
dissension in the Confederate ranks.