Mountain Battlefield State Park
HC 64 Box 189
Hillsboro, WV 24946
Phone: (304) 653-4254
Battlefield State Park is located in the Greenbrier
River Valley north of Lewisburg and is the site of
West Virginia's last significant Civil War battle.
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.
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
occupied Lewisburg on November 7, 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 western Virginia, thus
leaving the new state securely under the control of
the federal government for the remainder of the war.
In the 1930�s,
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built the
Museum, Lookout Tower & other buildings.
Online at: www.droopmountainbattlefield.com
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