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Second Battle of Saltville
Part of American Civil War
View of part of the Saltville battlefield
Date December 20 – 21 1864
Location Saltville, Virginia
Result Union victory
File:US flag 34 stars.svg United States (Union) File:CSA FLAG 28.11.1861-1.5.1863.svg CSA (Confederacy)
George Stoneman John C. Breckenridge
~7,000 division
Casualties and losses
unknown unknown

Union re-enactors recreate the Battle of Saltville in Saltville, Virginia on August 20, 2006.


Confederate artillery re-enactors fire on Union troops during the 2006 Battle of Saltville re-enactment.

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. Breckenridge 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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