Battle of Droop Mountain

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Battle of Droop Mountain
Began:

November 6, 1863

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Pocahontas County, West Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Averell’s Raid on the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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Commanders

William W. Averell
Brigadier General, USA

John Echols
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength

5,000

1,200

Casualties

119

275

  

In early November, Brig. Gens. W.W. Averell and Alfred Napoleon Alexander Duffié embarked on a raid into southwestern Virginia to disrupt the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad. While Duffié’s column destroyed military property en route, Averell encountered and defeated a Confederate brigade under Brig. Gen. John Echols at Droop Mountain. The Union columns reunited at Lewisburg the next day but were in no condition to continue their raid. After this battle, Confederate resistance in West Virginia collapsed. (NPS summary)

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