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Marion-Saltville (1864)
 
War:   American Civil War
 
Date(s):   17 Dec 1864 - 18 Dec 1864
 
Location:   Smyth County, Virginia, US
 
Outcome:   Union victory
 
Description:   Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, USA
Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge, CSA

Stoneman had a full division of cavalry; Breckinridge could only muster assorted local forces.

Casualties are unknown.

Riding through the Cumberland Gap, Stoneman’s expedition advanced on the important lead mines and salt ponds around Marion and Saltville. On December 17, Stoneman defeated a makeshift force of Confederate defenders. The next day the Federals destroyed the leadworks and mines.

Stoneman then turned back to Saltville. After determined skirmishing on the part of the outnumbered Confederate defenders, the Federals captured and destroyed the salt works, accomplishing the objective of their raid.


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