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Ehrhardt in Bamberg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Rivers' Bridge
Feb. 2-3, 1865
 
Battle of Rivers' Bridge Dig In Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. Battle of Rivers' Bridge Dig In Marker
 
Inscription. Dig In
Part of McLaws' division protected the middle crossing of the Salkehatchie at Rivers Bridge. This small force, consisting of a brigade of Georgia infantrymen, South Carolina cavalrymen and four cannons of the South Carolina Light Artillery, prepared a reception for Union troops attempting to cross the river. Their strong position -- a bluff overlooking a narrow road leading out of a thick swamp -- was made even stronger with temporary earthen fortifications.

"I had, during my service in the army, never seen a more advantageous position for resistance of attack than that at Rivers Bridge"
-Capt. Benjamin S. Williams, 47th Georgia Infantry
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 33° 3.132′ N, 81° 6.052′ W. Marker is in Ehrhardt, South Carolina, in Bamberg County. Marker is on SC-S-5-8, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in the Rivers Bridge State Park, a mile south of SC-S-5-31. Marker is in this post office area: Ehrhardt SC 29081, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Ehrhardt.
 
Battle of Rivers' Bridge Dig In Marker, Right Flank earthen works Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Battle of Rivers' Bridge Dig In Marker, Right Flank earthen works
 

 
Regarding Battle of Rivers' Bridge. In the upper left is a drawing of the fortifications, from the Library of Virginia. On the upper right is an illustration by Dan Bell showing Infantry "breastworks" typically consisted of a trench
with a breast-high, earthen parapet in front and a "head log" that provided additional cover. Troops in the breastworks could stop a head-on attack with devastating casting casualties.
On the lower right is a map by Julie Elam showing Confederate infantry breastworks and artillery emplacements.
 
Map, Confederate Infantry "breastworks" Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, April 2008
3. Map, Confederate Infantry "breastworks"
 
 
The Narrow Road Leading Out Of A Thick Swamp Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. The Narrow Road Leading Out Of A Thick Swamp
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 954 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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