Black and white photo of William H. Rosecrans.

The Battle of Hoover’s Gap was the decisive engagement of Union General William Rosecrans’ brilliantly executed Tullahoma Campaign. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Hoover's Gap Facts

June 24–26, 1863

Key facts about the Battle of Hoover's Gap.

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Date and Location

  • June 24 – 26, 1863
  • Bedford and Rutherford Counties, northwest of Tullahoma, Tennessee

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

  • Colonel J. Russell Butler
  • Brigadier General William B. Bate

Union Forces Engaged

  • 14th Corps

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Bate’s Brigade
  • Johnson’s Brigades
  • Stewart’s Division
  • Hardee’s Corps (Army of Tennessee)
  • Butler’s 1st [3rd] Kentucky Cavalry Regiment

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 583 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • Undetermined

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • The Battle of Hoover’s Gap was the decisive engagement of Union General William Rosecrans’ brilliantly executed Tullahoma Campaign.
  • A decisive factor in the Union victory at the Battle of Hoover’s Gap was the use of newly introduced Spencer Repeating Rifles by Colonel John Wilder’s brigade.
  • After the Union victory at the Battle of Hoover’s Gap, Major General George H. Thomas christened Colonel John Wilder’s brigade as the “Lightning Brigade.”

Timeline of the Tullahoma Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Tullahoma Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Hoover's Gap Facts
  • Coverage June 24–26, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Hoover's Gap
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 1, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 14, 2021
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