Union cavalry and infantry raiders led by Brigadier General Stephen Burbridge attempted to destroy the saltworks near Saltville. He was delayed at Clinch Mountain and Laurel Gap by a makeshift Confederate force, enabling Brigadier General Alfred E. Jackson to concentrate troops near Saltville to meet him.
On the morning of October 1, the Federals attacked but made little headway. Confederate reinforcements continued to arrive during the day.
After day-long fighting, Burbridge retired without accomplishing his objective. Afterwards, Confederate soldiers were said to have murdered, captured, and wounded black soldiers.
Result(s): Confederate victory
Location: Smyth County
Campaign: Burbridge's Raid into Southwest Virginia (September-October 1864)
Date(s): October 2, 1864
Principal Commanders: Brigadier General Stephen Burbridge [US]; Brigadier General Alfred E. Jackson [CS]
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