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Droop Mountain

Battle Name: Droop Mountain
Other Names: None
State: West Virginia
Location: Pocahontas County
Campaign: Averell’s Raid on the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad (November 1863)
Dates: 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 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.
Results: Union victory

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