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Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

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Along old Carnifex Ferry Road
Museum near Carnifex park entrance

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park (map), southeast of Summersville, WV, in Nicholas County, protects the scene of an 1861 battle in which Union troops under Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans forced Confederate troops to evacuate entrenched positions.


During the battle, the Confederate forces repelled repeated Federal assaults, but facing Union forces numbering 5,000 men, the 1,740-man Confederates, under Brigadier General John B. Floyd, retreated south across the Gauley River that night, to a postion on Sewell Mountain about 20 miles away.


Recreation: hiking, museum tours, Civil War reenactment

Lodging: nearby

Dining: picnic areas

Highlights: museum tours, battlefield markers, overlooks, Patterson House Museum


Park Maps: Map : Topo Map : Aerial Photo : Tiger Map, Trail Map PDF


Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park: Official Website
1194 Carnifex Ferry Rd., Summersville, WV 26651 / Phone: (304) 872-0825


See also:
Carnifex Ferry State Park
Carnifex Ferry State Park Area