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Saltville II

Battle Name: Saltville II
Other Names: None
State: Virginia
Location: Smyth County
Campaign: Stoneman’s Raid into Southwest Virginia (December 1864)
Dates: December 20-21, 1864
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. George Stoneman [US]; Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: Unknown
Description: After defeating a Confederate force at Marion on the December 17-18, Stoneman’s expedition advanced to Saltville. After determined skirmishing on the part of the outnumbered Confederate defenders, the Federals captured and destroyed the saltworks, accomplishing the objective of their raid.
Results: Union victory

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