Battle of Marion

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Battle of Marion
Began:

December 17, 1864

Ended:

December 18, 1864

Location:

Smyth County, Virginia

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Stoneman’s Raid into Southwest Virginia

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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Burbridge's Division
Gillem's Brigade

Commanders

George Stoneman
Major General, USA

John C. Breckinridge
Major General, CSA

Strength

4,200–5,500

1,200–1,500

Casualties

144
Killed: 89
Wounded: 55

120
Killed: 91
Wounded: 29

  

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. (NPS summary)

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