Portrait of William W. Averell

Brigadier General William. W. Averell (pictured here) commanded the Union victory at the Battle of Droop Mountain, but he did not achieve his objective of driving Brigadier General John Echols’ Rebels out of the Greenbrier Valley. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Droop Mountain Facts

November 6, 1863

Key facts about the Battle of Droop Mountain.



  • November 6, 1863


  • Pocahontas County, Virginia (now West Virginia)


  • Averell’s Raid on the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad

Principal Union commander(s):

  • Brigadier General William. W. Averell

Principal Confederate commander(s):

  • Brigadier General John Echols

Union forces engaged:

  • Averall’s Brigade

Confederate forces engaged:

  • Echol’s Brigade

Number of Union soldiers engaged:

  • Roughly 5,000

Number of Confederate soldiers engaged:

  • Roughly 1,700

Estimated Union casualties:

  • 140 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate casualties:

  • 275 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)


  • Union victory

Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Droop Mountain Facts
  • Coverage November 6, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of droop mountain, american civil war, h.r. jackson, john echol, w. w. averell, alfred duffié
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 12, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update May 5, 2022