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Battle Name: Marion
Other Names: None
State: Virginia
Location: Smyth County
Campaign: Stoneman’s Raid into Southwest Virginia (December 1864)
Dates: December 17-18, 1864
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. George Stoneman [US]; Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: 274 total
Description: 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. On the 18th, the Federals destroyed the leadworks and mines. On the 20th, they captured and destroyed the salt works at Saltville.
Results: Union victory

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