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Confederate forces repel a heavy Union attack on their base at Camp Allegheny in the western Virginia mountains

Civil War Battle, iconic image
12/13/1861
A Union force of around fifteen hundred men under Brigadier-General Robert Milroy attacked Camp Alleghany, in Pocahontas County, in the mountains of western Virginia in the early hours of the morning.  After eight hours of fighting, the Confederates, under Colonel Edward Johnson, gradually gained the upper hand through sprited counter-attack.  The Federal force, split into two columns, failed to coordinate and were driven away from the camp and back to their base at Cheat Mountain.  About twenty men were killed on each side.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
David Stephen Heidler, Jeanne T. Heidler, David J. Coles, eds., Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: a political, social, and military history (New York: W.W. Norton, 2002), 34-35. 

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