On November 11th, the Confederates attacked the area. The attack was unsuccessful and the Confederates were pushed back within hours of the initial attack. Each side exchanged gunfire throughout the rest of the day. The day of November 12th, both sides engaged in battle. The Confederates attempted to attack several locations occupied by Union soldiers. This attempt led to very little success for the Confederates.
On November 13th, each side exchanged gunfire. The attacks and exchange of gunfire led to the Union falling short on supplies. They were forced to retreat from Bull's Gap. Major General John C. Breckinridge pushed on. The battle was interrupted by horrible weather conditions that ruined roads and streams. The battle of Bull's Gap ended on the third day and resulted in a minor and temporary victory for the Confederates army.