There were a couple of salt works in the area. The Preston saltworks at Saltville, Va was one but no battles of significance were fought there until Sept.- Oct.1864 I believe. According to John David Preston's second edition of The Civil War in the Big Sandy Valley, which just came out a month or two ago, salt was important as the only way of preserving meat and the Confederacy had lost two other saltworks early in the war. There also was a large saltworks near Abingdon owned by a King man. It made him extremely rich. As I read the story, there was a lot of Confederates camping along the Virginia side of the Pound Gap border, along the hillside. Saltville is about 50 miles from that border. The battle occured on Oct 2, 1864 and the Union lost 350 men and the South loss was heavier, but the South retained control as the North ran low on ammunition and retreated toward Prestonsburg. Wasn't the 5th Ky 12 month unit stationed around Russell County, Va at one time during their duty? I read a story in the Sept., 2007 edition of The Kentucky Explorer magazine, someone wrote a story that the Ky 5th (our 12 month group) was stationed in Nov. and Dec. 1861 in Lebanon, Russell County, Va.