Second Battle of Saltville

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Second Battle of Saltville
Part of American Civil War
View of part of the Saltville battlefield
Date December 20, 1864 (1864-12-20) – December 21, 1864 (1864-12-21)
Location Saltville, Virginia
Result Union victory
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Commanders and leaders
George Stoneman John C. Breckinridge
4,500 [1] 2,800 [1]
Casualties and losses
unknown unknown

The Battle of Saltville (20 December – 21 December 1864), was fought near the town of Saltville, Virginia, during the American Civil War.

After the defeat of General Stephen G. Burbridge's expedition against Saltville, Union General George Stoneman reassembled a force to destroy the saltworks there. Stoneman's force included Burbridge's Division and a brigade under Brigadier General Alvan C. Gillem.

After defeating a Confederate force at Marion, Virginia on the December 17–18, Stoneman's expedition advanced to Saltville. General John C. Breckinridge had 500 men at Saltville under Colonel Robert Preston. Another brigade of cavalry was en route under General Basil W. Duke. General Gillem led the Union advance and attacked first. Burbridge joined the fight shortly after and the two Federal columns overwhelmed the town's defenses. Colonel Preston ordered a retreat and Stoneman's troops entered the town and destroyed the saltworks, accomplishing the objective of the Union raid.


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Coordinates: 36°51′53″N 81°46′03″W / 36.8646°N 81.7674°W / 36.8646; -81.7674

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