Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain

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Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain
Began:

May 9, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Pulaski County, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Crook-Averell Raid on the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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Army of West Virginia

Dept. of Southwestern Virginia

Commanders

George R. Crook
Brigadier General, USA

Albert Jenkins
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

688

538

  

On May 9, Crook’s three brigades (6,100 men) on a raid into southwestern Virginia encountered a patchwork Confederate force under Brig. Gen. Albert Jenkins at Cloyd’s Mountain. Fighting was furious and hand-to-hand. Casualties were heavy for the size of the forces engaged: Union 10%, Confederate 23%. Jenkins was mortally wounded. Crook afterwards joined forces with Averell, who had burned the New River Bridge, and the united column withdrew to Meadow Bluff after destroying several important railroad bridges. (NPS summary)

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