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.
Result(s): Union victory
Location: Smyth County
Campaign: Stoneman's Raid into Southwest Virginia (December 1864)
Date(s): December 20-21, 1864
Principal Commanders: Major General George Stoneman [US]; Major General John C. Breckinridge [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: Unknown