Prelude to Battle of Droop MountainOn November 5, 1863, Union Gen. William W. Averell established his command post and camp on the wide plain in front of you known as the Little Levels. Averell came here with his combined force of infantry and cavalry while conducting a raid on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad. He also hoped to cut off and defeat Confederate Col. William L. Jackson's 750-man force in the area. After a skirmish at Mill Point three miles north of here, Jackson and his men fell back through here to the summit of Droop Mountain and began to construct defensive works as Averell pushed south on the Lewisburg road to this point. Confederate Gen John Echols arrived on the mountain with reinforcements and took command.
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|Series||This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||West Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 4:46pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 569753 N 4221769|
|Decimal Degrees||38.14110000, -80.20400000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 8.466', W 80° 12.24'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 8' 27.96" N, 80° 12' 14.40" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1011-1099 Unnamed Road, Hillsboro WV 24946, US|
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