Location: Smyth County
Campaign: Stonemans Raid into Southwest Virginia (December 1864)
Date(s): December 17-18, 1864
Principal Commanders: Col. Maj. Gen. George Stoneman [US]; Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: 274 total
Description: Riding through the Cumberland Gap, Stonemans 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. On the 18th, the Federals destroyed the leadworks and mines. On the 20th, they captured and destroyed the salt works at Saltville.
Result(s): Union victory