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Carnifex Ferry Battlefield is an official Civil War Discovery Trail site.

The Civil War Discovery Trail links more than 300 sites in 16 states to inspire and to teach the story of the Civil War and its haunting impact on America. The Trail, an initiative of the Civil War Trust, allows visitors to explore battlefields, historic homes, railroad stations, cemeteries, parks and other destinations that bring history to life. For more information on the Civil War Discovery Trail and other programs of The Civil War Trust,
call 1-800-CWTRUST.


A Battle Series

James Connell, a 2011 summer intern at the Nicholas Chronicle, researched and wrote about the history of the Battle of Carnifex Ferry. The history series commemorates the 150th year since the battle was fought – September 10, 1861.  The series was printed in advance of the battle reenactment, September 10-11, 2011. The Nicholas Chronicle has served the heart of West Virginia since 1880. The West Virginia State Park system extends a ‘thank you’ to the newspaper for sharing the series with our web and state park visitors. 

Precursor to the Battle of Carnifex Ferry

Precursor to the Battle of Carnifex Ferry: The Battle of Knives and Forks

The Battle of Carnifex Ferry: The Skirmish at Gauley Bridge

The Battle of Carnifex Ferry: Preparing for Battle

The Battle of Carnifex Ferry

The Battle of Carnifex Reenacted

The Battle of Carnifex Ferry Slideshow - by Lundy Bailey






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