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Battle Of Riversí Bridge

 
 
Battle Of Rivers' Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 2008
1. Battle Of Rivers' Bridge Marker
Inscription. Here on February 3, 1865, the 17th U.S. Army Corps led by Major General Joseph A. Mower and Lieut. Gen. Giles A. Smith attacked the Confederate division of Major General Lafayette McLaws and forced the crossing of Salkehatchie River, after a gallant defense by outnumbered forces which held up for two days Sherman's march through Carolina.
 
Erected 1967 by (Originally ) Edisto District, United Daughters Of The Confederacy. (Marker Number 5-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 33° 3.88′ N, 81° 5.57′ W. Marker is in Ehrhardt, South Carolina, in Bamberg County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 5-31 and State Highway 5-8, on the left when traveling west on State Highway 5-31. Touch for map. Off SC 641, 7mi. S.W. of Ehrhardt and 13mi. E. of Allendale, SC near the north entrance to Rivers Bridge State Park. (Marker may have previously been located at Battlefield site). 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. Bamberg County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rivers Bridge State Historic Site (approx. ľ mile
Battle Of Rivers' Bridge Markerat intersection SC-S-5-8, SC-S-5-31 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Battle Of Rivers' Bridge Markerat intersection SC-S-5-8, SC-S-5-31
away); Rivers Bridge Confederate Dead (approx. 0.3 miles away); Our Confederate Dead (approx. 0.3 miles away); Four County WW II Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Tradition of Remembering, A Legacy of Preservation (approx. 0.3 miles away); Colleton County Confederate Soldiers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Rivers' Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ehrhardt.
 
More about this marker. Battle of Rivers Bridge, Located at Rivers Bridge State Historic Site near Ehrhardt. Listed on the National Register. Here Confederate soldiers defended the Salkehatchie River for two days before being forced out of their breastworks. This battle was the only major resistance encountered by Sherman's army.
 
Regarding Battle Of Riversí Bridge. Other Names: Salkehatchie River, Hickory Hill, Owens' Crossroads, Lawtonville, Duck Creek
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle Of Rivers' Bridge. Lawtonville, South Carolina February 3, 1865 historically not a large battle (Submitted on April 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Major General Lafayette McLaws image. Click for full size.
3. Major General Lafayette McLaws
 

2. Joseph Anthony Mower. William T. Sherman said of Mower, "he's the boldest young officer we have". (Submitted on April 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Gen. Giles A. Smith. He took part in the Atlanta Campaign, the March to the Sea and the Carolinas Campaign, rising to the rank of major general of volunteers. (Submitted on April 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

4. Lafayette McLaws. he was sent to Georgia to defend (unsuccessfully) Savannah against Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's March to the Sea. McLaws surrendered with Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's army in North Carolina on April 26, 1865. (Submitted on April 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

5. National Register Information on Rivers Bridge State Park. As General William T. Shermanís army advanced into South Carolina from Savannah, the Confederate Army was able to offer up little resistance and eventually fell back to Rivers Bridge by February 2, 1865. (Submitted on September 18, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
General Joseph A. Mower image. Click for full size.
4. General Joseph A. Mower
General Giles A. Smith image. Click for full size.
5. General Giles A. Smith
Battle of Rivers Bridge Reenactment -- 2007 image. Click for full size.
By Eddie Hightower, February 2007
6. Battle of Rivers Bridge Reenactment -- 2007
Since 1965, The Battle of Rivers Bridge has been the subject of an annual reenactment of the battle which is primarily sponsored by the Rivers Bridge SCV Camp 842 of Sycamore, S.C., with the help of several Confederate re-enactor groups from both South Carolina and Georgia—the two Southern States who provided most the brave defenders in the original battle.
Battle Of Rivers' Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eddie Hightower, February 2007
7. Battle Of Rivers' Bridge Marker
At the actual battle of Rivers Bridge, the Confederate troops attempted to hold the higher ground from the invading Union troops who were fighting their way through the Salkehatchie River Swamp. This photo is of the annual reenactment of the Battle of Rivers Bridge on the site of some of that military action.
Battle Of Rivers' Bridge Annual Reenactment -- 2007 image. Click for full size.
By Eddie Hightower, February 2007
8. Battle Of Rivers' Bridge Annual Reenactment -- 2007
Cannon fire on the Salkehatchie River Swamps which hid the invaders from the North in the Low Country of South Carolina during the War Between the States in Bamberg County.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,858 times since then and 96 times this year. Last updated on September 10, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6, 7, 8. submitted on July 17, 2008, by Eddie Hightower of Branchville, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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