Army of the Kanawha (Confederate)

The Confederate Army of the Kanawha was formed on June 6, 1861 under the command of former Virginia governor Henry A. Wise. Its mission was to defend the Kanawha River Valley in what was then western Virginia (today the state of West Virginia). Despite its name, the Army of the Kanawha was never more than a brigade in size.

Elements of this army fought in the Engagement at Barboursville and the Battle of Scary Creek.

Army of the Kanawha

Brig. Gen. Henry A. Wise, commanding.

RegimentCommanderStrength (approx.)*
22nd Virginia Infantry (1st Kanawha)Col. George S. Patton700
36th Virginia Infantry (2nd Kanawha)Col. John McCausland700
Kanawha Battalion?459
7x Independent Companies?535
3x Mounted Ranger Companies?216
*Strength is as reported by Wise on July 8, 1861


The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series I, Vol. II. With additions and corrections. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1902.