Key facts about the Battle of Hoover's Gap.
Date and Location
- June 24 – 26, 1863
- Bedford and Rutherford Counties, northwest of Tullahoma, Tennessee
Principal Union Commanders
- Major General George H. Thomas
- Colonel John Wilder
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
Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged
Estimated Union Casualties
- 583 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)
Estimated Confederate Casualties
- Union victory
- 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.
- June 24–26, 1863 — Battle of Hoover’s Gap
- June 24–26, 1863 — Battle of Liberty Gap