Henry H. Skaggs, who lived near Ansted, fought at Droop Mountain with the 22nd Virginia Infantry, Caleb said. His ancestor took a musket ball in the leg during the battle. Afterward, he was taken to Roanoke, Va., where his leg was amputated. But the younger Skaggs said the wound wasn't enough to keep Henry Skaggs from re-enlisting in the Confederate Army.
John Groves, 16, who lives on Droop Mountain, also recently became involved in Civil War re-enactment. "I think it's good to keep history alive," Groves said. "As the generations grow older, the younger ones should take their place."
Smith said the names of the men who died on Droop Mountain have never been collected in one place. During a solemn ceremony on the Wednesday anniversary of the battle, Smith unveiled a monument bearing the names of those known to have died that afternoon.
Before a group of about three-dozen spectators, each name was read out loud. Re-enactors clad in Union blue and Confederate gray fired a salute to the men with their rifled muskets, and bugler Rob Taggart of Green Bank blew the somber notes of Taps.
Many in the crowd bowed their heads as the last note echoed down the valley, to be replaced by the wind in the trees. Such a wind would have cleared away the smoke and the sounds of battle that swept Droop Mountain on an unseasonably warm day in November 1863.
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Those killed at Droop Mountain include:
Henry Emmerling, Andrew M. Barnett, Samuel Bowden, Edward Doyle, William L. Hughes, Charles Ritz, Thomas J. Akers, William Garroll, Moses Moore, John Murphy, Marcus D. Kenney, Edward C. Malley, William B. Simms, Jacob G. Coburn, William H. Matlick, Lemue D. Bartlett, Enoch F. Basnet, James A. Simonton, Carey Woods, Richard J. Grinstead, William Lewis, Right Bird Curry, General Jackson Shaw, Samuel Swecker, Benjamin Moore, Charles Bryson, Jacob K. Dodd, John Forrester, Marion Shriver, John D. Baxter, Coleman Channel, Wesley Pulens, David W. Saunders, Henry Schadelman, Charles Dalhammer, Fritzolin Gutzwiller, James Heitz, Jacob Frintz, Frederick Schafer, Henry Bettsheider, David Wickerschimer, Joseph W. Daniels, James Jackson.
John Aquilla Myles, George W. Lewis, James W. Morgan, James H. Morrison, Owen V.B. Davis, James Marison, Ulysses Morgan, Thomas B. McIntire, John B. Price, William G. Straight, John W. Young, James W. Fulwilder, N.B. Holland, David Robinson, Robert Augustus Bailey, William H. Hubbard, William S. McClanahan, William S.S. Morris, John J. Short, Thomas Smith, George Criner, Morris Chapman Chandler, Richard Greenway, Moses Hunter, Shadrach A. Jackson, Turpin Jones, William Rose, Pete E. Stribling, William Perry Allen, Hamilton B. Caldwell, James A. Brammer, W.A. Simpkins, Jordan Pack, Joseph C. Delung, John J. Lampee.