Battle of Droop Mountain

Battle of Droop Mtn cover

At the lookout tower at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park the observer can see the town of Hillsboro in the valley and visualize the route taken by Federal troops in reaching the mountain entrenchmetns of the Confederates. This booklet is one in a series of publications designed to present the historical significance of West Virginia's State Parks. It was produced by the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation -- Kermit McKeever, Chief. Editing, Design, and Layout by Public Relations Section.

The Leaders ...
North - General William Averell
South - General John Echols

The Battle of Droop Mountain -- by Dallas B. Shaffer

Lookout Tower - Droop Mtn State Park

About the Author...
Dallas B. Shaffer was a member of the faculty at Fairmond State College, where he taught history. At the time this booklet was prepared he was working toward his doctoral degree in the field of history at West Virginia University, while working part-time as historian for the Conservation Commission, afterwards he worked for the Department of Natural Resources.

Shaffer's other published work consited of a 12-page booklet, "The Battle of Carnifix Ferry." Coupled with the work on Droop Mountain the booklets present a two-part series on two major Civil War battles in West Virginia.

These two booklets are intended to serve as authoritative works on the two battles, portraying accurately the events which took place in the struggle between the Union and the Conffederacy. Shaffer studied official records in Washington for much of his information.

Battle of Droop Mountain Links

The Best Laid Plans...
Mill Point...
Droop Mountain...
Averell Attacks...
Objective Denied...