Battle of Scary Creek

The Battle of Scary Creek was fought on Wednesday, July 17, 1861 between Union forces commanded by Brig. Gen. Jacob D. Cox and Confederate forces commanded by Brig. Gen. Henry A. Wise in Putnam County, West Virginia.

Opposing Forces


22nd Virginia Infantry Rgt.Lt. Col. George S. Patton, Sr.
Kanawha Border RangersCapt. Albert G. Jenkins


21st Ohio Infantry Rgt.Col. Jesse S. Norton431
12th Ohio Infantry Rgt.Col. John Lowe810
11th Ohio Infantry Rgt.Col. Charles A. De Villiers000
2nd Kentucky Infantry Rgt. (Union)Col. William E. Woodruff000
Cotter’s Ind. Battery Ohio Light ArtilleryCapt. Charles S. Cotter100
Barnett’s Battery of Ohio Light ArtilleryCol. James Barnett000
George’s Ind. Company Ohio CavalryCapt. John S. George100


Lt. Col. George S. Patton, Sr.22nd VirginiaX
Col. Jesse S. Norton21st OhioXX
Cpt. Thomas G. Allen21st Ohio, Co. DX
2Lt. Guy Pomeroy21st Ohio, Co. DX
Cpl. William Bishop21st Ohio, Co. KX
Pvt. George W. C. Blue21st Ohio, Co. KX
Pvt. James M. Miller21st Ohio, Co. KX
Pvt. Barton Smith21st Ohio, Co. KX
Pvt. William P. Taylor12th Ohio, Co. DX
Pvt. Warren C. Timberlake12th Ohio, Co. DX
Pvt. Jabez Turner12th Ohio, Co. FX
Cpt. Joseph L. Hilt12th Ohio, Co. GX
Cpl. Frederick Hanford12th Ohio, Co. GX
Cpl. Jacob Banker12th Ohio, Co. GX
Pvt. Benjamin Hebbel12th Ohio, Co. GX
Pvt. John McNeeley12th Ohio, Co. GX
Pvt. William Jackson12th Ohio, Co. IX
Pvt. John R. HavenCotter’s Ind. Battery Ohio Light ArtilleryX
Pvt. Richard LambertGeorge’s Ind. Company Ohio CavalryX
Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, Vol. 1. Akron: The Werner Company, 1893; Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, Vol. 2. Cincinnati: Wilstach, Baldwin & Co, 1886.

Primary Sources


Lesser, W. Hunter. Rebels at the Gate: Lee and McClellan on the Front Line of a Nation Divided. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2004.

Phillips, David L. War Diaries: The 1861 Kanawha Valley Campaigns. Leesburg: Gauley Mount Press, 1990.

Updated: 21 April 2023
Created: 18 March 2021

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