On May 10th 1864 a Union cavalry brigade under Brigadier General William W Averell ran across a Confederate brigade commanded by Brigadier General William E Grumble Jones. The Union forces attacked and were driven back. Then Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan arrived, his cavalry counterattacked. Morgan’s men pushed Averell’s troops through the Cove Mountain area of Wythe County, Virginia.
The Confederates held the battlefield, forcing Averell and his men back to West Virginia.