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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 email@example.com
150th Anniversary Reenactment of The Battle at Droop Mountain Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park August 31 and September 1, 2013
HILLSBORO, W.Va. – The Battle of Droop Mountain occurred on November 6, 1863, and has been called the last significant battle of the Civil War. During Labor Day weekend, August 31 through September 1, The West Virginia Reenactors Association will stage its 150th Anniversary reenactment of the battle, which pitted General John Echols’ Confederates controlling the Greenbrier Valley against General William Averell’s Federals advancing from the north.
“Because this will be the 150th anniversary, this will be a historic reenactment of a historic event, and we encourage everyone with an interest in the creation of our state to visit,” said Droop Mountain Battlefield Supt. Mike Smith.
The events of the weekend are open to the public for viewing at no charge. The full schedule of events includes:
Summary of the Battle of Droop Mountain
On November 6, 1863, the federal army of Brigadier General William W. Averell, in his second attempt to disrupt the Virginia-Tennessee Railroad at Salem, Virginia, faced again the Confederate troops of Brigadier General John Echols. Throughout the morning, Echols' smaller 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 on his left flank. Following the collapse of his lines, General Echols retreated south into Virginia with the remnants of his command.
Federal troops occupied Lewisburg on November 7, 1863, but being burdened with prisoners and captured livestock, General Averell elected to return to his headquarters in Beverly, West Virginia, waiting until early December to lead a third and ultimately successful attack on the vital railroad. Operations in the Shenandoah Valley in the spring of 1864 drew remaining Confederate troops out of West Virginia, thus leaving the new state securely under the control of the federal government for the remainder of the war.More details about the original battle and the reenactment can be found online at www.droopmountainbattlefield.com and at the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at http://pocahontascountywv.com .