Near Hillsboro in Pocahontas County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
The Battle At Droop Mountain
November 6, 1863
On August 26 and 27, 1863, the Confederate army had successfully repulsed an attack at White Sulphur Springs by the Federal Army of Brigadier General William W. Averell. In early November, Echols learned that General Averell had left his headquarters in Beverly, West Virginia, and was again moving south toward the railroad. Confederate outposts in Pocahontas County tried to slow the advance. General Echols marched his army north, all through the night, to Droop Mountain to reinforce them.
The reinforcements arrived just in time, for General Averell began his attack early. Throughout the morning, Echols’ outnumbered Confederate army held the high ground and blocked the highway with artillery, but in the afternoon was overwhelmed by the crushing advance of Federal infantry
With more than 400 casualties, (140 Union and approximately 275 Confederate) the Battle at Droop Mountain was one of the last significant Civil War battles in West Virginia.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 6.873′ N, 80° 16.177′ W. Marker is near Hillsboro, West Virginia, in Pocahontas County. Marker can be reached from Seneca Trail (U.S. 219) near George Hill Road (County Route 24/1). This marker is located along the Park Road in Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hillsboro WV 24946, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of 23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); John D. Baxter (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieut. Henry Bender (within shouting distance of this marker); 8th West Virginia Mounted Infantry (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2nd West Virginia Mounted Infantry (about 800 feet away); 10 Lb. Parrott Rifle (approx. 0.2 miles away); 20th Virginia Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chapman’s, Jackson’s, and Lurty’s Virginia Batteries (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hillsboro.
Also see . . .
1. Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. (Submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Droop Mountain. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Droop Mountain Battlefield (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on August 16, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 877 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.