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the Union forces, captured her and
housed her in a make-shift jail in
Summersville.
39
Summersville
The legend continues with the
(Nancy Hart)
Kesslers
story of how Ms. Hart gained the trust
Cross Lanes
of a guard and was able
39 to grab his
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Richwood
pistol, shooting him and escaping back
to the Confederate line. She then led
Carnifex Ferry
the Confederates into Summersville,55
Battlefield S.P.
Ansted
burning many houses and buildings
(See Inset)
Droop took
Mountain
in the town. The Confederates
Nancy Hart, a Confederate spy,
Battlefield
State Park
several prisoners, including
Colonel
led the Confederates to
Starr. At the end of the war, Ms. Hart
Summersville, burning many
married Joshua Douglas and they later
houses and buildings. After the
made their home in Richwood. There219
war, she settled in Richwood.
is a marker on the courthouse lawn
to Meadow Bluff near Lewisburg. in Summersville commemorating the
This Civil War battle represented60 capture and escape of Nancy Hart.
the failure of a Confederate drive to
regain control of the Kanawha Valley. THE BATTLE OF
As a result, the movement for West KESSLER'S CROSS LANES
Virginia statehood proceeded without
The Battle of Kessler's Cross
serious threat from the Confederates. Lanes, also known as the Battle of Greenbrier
During the Civil War, both Con- Cross Lanes, took place on August Resort
federate and Union armies were camp- 26, 1861 when Brigadier General
Lewisburg
ing near Summersville.
John B. Floyd
commander of the
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Alderson
Legend tells us that a young
Confederate forces in the Kanawha
(Alderson's Ferry)
woman, Nancy Hart, joined the Moc- Valley crossed the Gauley River and
casin Rangers, a Confederate guerrilla surprised Union Colonel Organ
Erastus
unit. She was an expert with rifles and Tyler's 7th Ohio Regiment encampCave
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served the Confederates well. Soon, ed at Kessler's Cross Lanes. Brigadier
Confederate
a reward was offered for her capture General
Floyd withdrew and set up
Monument
and Lt. Colonel Starr, a leader in defense at Carnifex Ferry.

Marlinton

Hillsboro

64

Union
(See Inset)
Jefferson
National Forest
219

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