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Ehrhardt in Bamberg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Battle of Rivers’ Bridge

Feb. 2-3, 1865

 
 
— The Salkehatchie River Crossings — Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. — The Salkehatchie River Crossings — Marker
Inscription. Crucial Routes to the Heart of the State:
The Salkehatchie River Crossings


As Sherman's right wing- about 28,000 men underGen. Oliver Otis Howard- advanced up the south side of the Salkehatchie, Gen. Lafayette McLaws' Confederate division marched into position on the river's north side. Howard was to capture the Salkehatchie crossings, link up with the Union left wing and cut the railroad from Augusta to Charleston. The combined force was then to move on its ultimate objective --Columbia. McLaws, with about 6,000 men was to hold the crossing.

"Howard, I believe we can go there without any serious difficulties. If we can cross the Salkehatchie, we can capture Columbia."
- Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 33° 3.136′ N, 81° 6.005′ W. Marker is in Ehrhardt, South Carolina, in Bamberg County. Marker can be reached from SC-S-5-8, on the right when traveling south. Touch 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 (
Battle of Rivers' Bridge -Bridge Map image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Battle of Rivers' Bridge -Bridge Map
each bridge about six miles from the next.
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 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); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge ( approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ehrhardt.
 
Regarding Battle of Rivers' Bridge. On the left under the text is a drawing showing Heavy rains hampered movement by both sides in the days before the battle. In the upper center is a map by Julie Elam detailing The Salkehatchie River line: McLaws' division held the three main crossings of the river,each one about six miles
Once a small bridge across a portion of the Salkehatchie River at Rivers' Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Once a small bridge across a portion of the Salkehatchie River at Rivers' Bridge
pilings visible leading across
from the next.
Below it are portraits of Maj. Gen. Oliver Otis Howard and Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws (from the Library of Congress). On the right is a drawing captioned: "It was quite a common sight to see our infantry passing through these overflowed lands carrying their guns and ammunition high to keep them out of the water."- Maj. William Duncan 10th Illinois Cavalry.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
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 1,277 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on April 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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