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Droop Mountain  

Other Names: None

Location: Pocahontas County

Campaign: Averellís Raid on the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad (November 1863)

Date(s): November 6, 1863

Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. William W. Averell [US]; Brig. Gen. John Echols [CS]

Forces Engaged: Brigades

Estimated Casualties: 526 total

Description: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 Duffiéís 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.

Result(s): Union victory

CWSAC Reference #:WV012

Preservation Priority: III.3 (Class C)

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