Questionable Commanders and Battle of Droop Mountain

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Droop Mountain, one of best-known Civil War battles fought in West Virginia. Droop Mountain is often referred to as the largest and most significant Civil War battle fought in West Virginia, But in “Last Sleep,” an encyclopedic account of the battle, author and Civil War expert Terry Lowry disputes both claims.

Lowry, a historian with the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, notes that “the 1862 Siege and capture of Harpers Ferry during the Antietam campaign involved more men” and “the skirmishes that took place in the summer of 1861 were of more importance than Droop Mountain in that they secured both northwestern Virginia (northern West Virginia) for the Union.”

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