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.
Result(s): Union victory
Location: Smyth County
Campaign: Stoneman's Raid into Southwest Virginia (December 1864)
Date(s): December 17-18, 1864
Principal Commanders: Major General George Stoneman [US]; Major General John C. Breckinridge [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: 274 total