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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 image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
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. Located in the Rivers Bridge State Park, a mile south of SC-S-5-31.
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Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ehrhardt SC 29081, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ehrhardt.
 
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
Battle of Rivers' Bridge Dig In Marker, Right Flank earthen works image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Battle of Rivers' Bridge Dig In Marker, Right Flank earthen works
casting casualties.
On the lower right is a map by Julie Elam showing Confederate infantry breastworks and artillery emplacements.
 
Map, Confederate Infantry "breastworks" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, April 2008
3. Map, Confederate Infantry "breastworks"
The Narrow Road Leading Out Of A Thick Swamp image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. The Narrow Road Leading Out Of A Thick Swamp
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,594 times since then and 40 times this year. 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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