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Near Keslers Cross Lanes in Nicholas County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Carnefix Ferry

 
 
Carnefix Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 8, 2009
1. Carnefix Ferry Marker
Inscription. The Civil War battle fought here on September 10, 1861 was named by the Union army after a nearby river ferry. Even though it was over a mile downstream, the ferry was the closest well-known landmark. Constructed by William Carnefix in the early 1800's, the ferry provided an important link between the James River & Kanawha Turnpike, now Rt. 60, and the Gauley & Weston Turnpike, now part of Rts. 39 & 19. The spelling of the name Carnifex has varied over the years. The heading above is the spelling found on the gravestone of Mr. Carnefix who died in 1856.
 
Location. 38° 12.419′ N, 80° 56.331′ W. Marker is near Keslers Cross Lanes, West Virginia, in Nicholas County. Marker is on Carnifex Ferry Crossing Road 1.3 miles south of State Route 129, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. This historical marker is located on the actual site of the field of battle, on land that has been turned into a state park in order to preserve and honor the memory of the Civil War Battle of Carnifex Ferry. Perhaps the best course to travel to get to this historical marker is go to the intersection of US 19 and State Route 129 (located just south of Summerville West Virginia), then turn onto State Route 129 and west for about 6.0 miles (turning left/south onto the
Carnefix Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 8, 2009
2. Carnefix Ferry Marker
View of the historical marker in the left foreground and in the background is the rim of the Gauley River gorge that the Carnefix Ferry crossed.
Carnifex Ferry Crossing road)before arriving at the state park. Marker is in this post office area: Keslers Cross Lanes WV 26675, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carnifex Ferry (a few steps from this marker); Camp Gauley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry Patterson House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle of Carnifex Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kesslers Cross Lanes (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cross Lanes Battle (approx. 2 miles away); Keslers Cross Lanes (approx. 2 miles away); Hawks Nest Workers Memorial and Grave Site (approx. 5.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Keslers Cross Lanes.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Carnifex Ferry. This web link was both published and made available by, "Absolute Astronomy.com," in it's quest to enable "exploring the universe of knowledge." (Submitted on July 15, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park. This web link was published by the West Virginia, Division of Natural Resources. (Submitted on July 15, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. The Battle of Carnifex Ferry. This web link is provided by he West Virginia Division of Culture and History. (Submitted on July 15, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Carnefix Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 8, 2009
3. Carnefix Ferry
View of the Gauley River, as seen from the rim where the "Carnefix Ferry" historical marker is located.
Carnefix Ferry Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 8, 2009
4. Carnefix Ferry Battlefield
View of the nearby "Carnifex Ferry" historical marker overlooking the field of battle.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 617 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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