Droop Mountain

Brig. Gen. William W. Averell, USA

Brig. Gen. John Echols, CSA



Each side had roughly a brigade.



There were about 500 casualties.



In early November, Brig. Gens. W.W. Averell and Alfred Napoleon Alexander Duffi��_��_ embarked on a raid into southwestern Virginia to disrupt the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad. While Duffi��_��_'s column destroyed military property en route, Averell encountered and defeated a Confederate brigade under Brig. Gen. John Echols at Droop Mountain. It wasn't easy; the Confederates fell back through several positions and finally had to be turned out of the strong Droop Mountain position by combined frontal and flank attacks. 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.

Location: 
Pocahontas County, West Virginia, United States
Outcome: 
Union victory
Campaign: 
Raiding Lee's Breadbasket
Start Date: 
Friday, November 6, 1863
Start Year: 
1863
End Date: 
Friday, November 6, 1863
End Year: 
1863
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