These images of Saltville in southwest Virginia appear in the January 14, 1865, edition of Harper's Weekly, a popular Northern publication. The images include a view of the train tracks leading into the town—a spur of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad built to transport local salt. Other engravings on the page show Black workers involved in the saltworks. The town and surrounding area were of great strategic importance, providing two-thirds of the salt essential to preserving the provisions of the Confederate army.
Citation: Harper's Weekly. AP2 .H32. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.