the Droop mountain
position in safety, giving Jackson
about 750 men. Jackson
was also reinforced that night and on the morning of the 6th by the Fourteenth Virginia cavalry, the Twenty-second regiment, Derrick
's battalion, and Jackson
's and Chapman
's batteries, which were under the brigade command of Colonel Patton
, while General Echols
took general command.
About 11 a. m. on November 6th the enemy advanced to attack, opening with artillery on the right and threatening the center, but making the serious attack on the left, where Colonel Thompson
soon called for help.
The Fourteenth cavalry and Derrick
's battalion were sent there, then several companies of the Twenty-second, and finally Colonel Patton
moved to that point, but was unable to withstand the pressure.
at the center meanwhile gallantly repulsed several charges, but when it became apparent that the left was turned, the whole force fell back under a severe shelling and enfilading fire of musketry.
, and Captains Chapman
, with their artillery, gallantly held the enemy in check.
The retreat to Lewisburg
was rapid, as information was at hand that Duffie
was already at Little Sewell mountain
in the rear.
The Sixteenth cavalry, Col. M. J. Ferguson
, from Jenkins
' brigade, also participated in the engagement.
reported that he had but 1,700 men in the fight.
The total strength of Averell
's brigade was about 5,000, and his force in battle must have considerably outnumbered that of Echols
The Confederate loss in killed, wounded and missing was 275.
Among the killed was the gallant Maj. R. A. Bailey
of the Twenty-second.
That regiment went into battle with 550 men and lost 113; the Twenty-third lost 61 out of 356.
The total Federal loss was reported at 119.
won the race to Lewisburg
, passing through there seven hours before Duffie
arrived and much longer before Averell
came up. He had successfully avoided