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Kessler's Cross Lanes

Battle Name: Kessler's Cross Lanes
Other Names: Cross Lanes
State: West Virginia
Location: Nicholas County
Campaign: Operations in Western Virginia (June-December 1861)
Dates: August 26, 1861
Principal Commanders: Col. Erastus Tyler [US]; Brig. Gen. John Floyd [CS]
Forces Engaged: Brigades
Estimated Casualties: 285 total (US 245; CS 40)
Description: 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. During 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.
Results: Confederate victory

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