December 21, This day during the American Civil War

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December 21, 1864 – in Saltville, Virginia – 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. Saltville was one of the Confederacy’s main saltworks. The saltworks were considered vital to the Confederate war effort because the salt was used in preserving meat for Confederate soldiers and civilians. Because of its importance, the town was attacked by Northern forces intent on capturing the saltworks and removing it from Confederate control.  After the defeat of General Stephen G. Burbridge’s expedition against Saltville, Union General George Stoneman reassembled a force to destroy the saltworks there. Stoneman’s force included Burbridge’s Division and a brigade under Brigadier General Alvan C. Gillem. After defeating a Confederate force at Marion, Virginia on the December 17–18…

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