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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

October 2nd, 1864- The Battle of Saltville

Conflict: American Civil War

Combatants: Confederates vs. Federals

Location: Virginia (USA)

Outcome: Confederate victory


On this day in 1864, Federal troops conducted a raid in Saltville, Virginia intent on closing the Confederate salt mine located there. The mine defenders, including soldiers of Brigadier General Alfred E. Jackson's brigade and Confederate guerillas, defeated the Federal army. In the aftermath, the Confederate victors executed over 100 captors, most of whom were black cavalry troops.

Brigadier General Alfred E. Jackson by an unknown photographer


Points of Interest:

  • Robert E. Lee ordered an investigation of the executions at Saltville but only one soldier was tried for the crimes.

  • Jackson was granted a pardon by President Andrew Johnson after the war.

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