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

Kesslers Cross Lanes

“Battle of Knives and Forks”

 
 
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By Don Morfe, August 3, 2012
1. Kesslers Cross Lanes Marker
Inscription. In 1861, both Union and Confederate forces vied for control of Western Virginia. By July, Union Gen. Jacob D. Cox had driven Confederate Gen. Henry A Wise’s army out of the Kanawha Valley and was advancing east on the James River and Kanawha Turnpike from Gauley Bridge to occupy more of the region.

Cox knew that Confederate Gen. John B. Floyd’s force was also advancing and might flank his army. He dispatched Col. Erastus B. Tyler’s 7th Ohio Infantry to Kesslers Cross Lanes to stop the movement. Many of Tyler’s men had been recruited from Oberlin College, a Christian school located in Ohio, and were nicknamed the Praying Company for their continual reading of the Bible.

Cox camped on a small hill near Zoar Baptist Church on the evening of August 25, while Tyler occupied the intersection. Tyler, however, apparently neglected to post sufficient guards to warn of a Confederate attack. At 5 A.M. the next morning, while the young soldiers were eating breakfast, Floyd and 1,700 men approached the camp, surprised the Federals, and routed them. The Federals reported 15 killed, 20 wounded and 38 captured. The remaining troops ran for the Kanawha Valley. Instead of pursuing, Floyd withdrew to a fortified camp on the Patterson Farm on a hill above Carnifex Ferry on the Gauley River. Wise wrote later in a mocking report that the
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By Don Morfe, August 3, 2012
2. Kesslers Cross Lanes Marker
“battle of knives and forks at Cross Lanes had elated {Floyd} to such an extent, that he thought himself…capable of accomplishing impossibilities.” He was soon found incapable of holding the ferry crossing, however.
 
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 13.578′ N, 80° 55.938′ W. Marker is in Keslers Cross Lanes, West Virginia, in Nicholas County. Marker is on Summerville Lake Road (State Highway 129) 0.6 miles south of Whitewater Road (County Route 9), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5536 Summersville Lake Road, 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. Cross Lanes Battle (approx. 0.6 miles away); Keslers Cross Lanes (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Battle of Carnifex Ferry (approx. 1.2 miles away); Henry Patterson House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Camp Gauley (approx. 1.3 miles away); Carnefix Ferry (approx. 1.4 miles away); Carnifex Ferry
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By Don Morfe, August 3, 2012
3. Kesslers Cross Lanes Marker
(approx. 1.4 miles away); Hawks Nest Workers Memorial and Grave Site (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keslers Cross Lanes.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 5, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   2. submitted on September 10, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3. submitted on September 5, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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