The Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley
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Battle of Marion


Location: Smyth County, VA.

Campaign: Stonemanís 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, Stonemanís 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.

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