Battle of Saltville I

The Battle of Saltville I (1 October – 3 October 1864), was fought near the town of Saltville, Virginia, during the American Civil War. The battle was fought by both regular and homeguard Confederate units against regular Union troops, including one of the few black cavalry units, over an important saltworks in the town. The Union troops were led by Brig. Gen. Stephen G. Burbridge.

The battle was a Confederate victory, stained by the killing of captured and wounded white and black Union troops by irregular guerrilla forces under the notorious Champ Ferguson. Ferguson was tried after the war in Nashville, TN for these and other non-military killings, found guilty and executed. A second battle occurred two months later when Union general George Stoneman defeated Confederate defenders and burned the saltworks.