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

Battle of Rivers’ Bridge

Feb. 2-3, 1865

 
 
A Running Battle on the River Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 2008
1. A Running Battle on the River Road Marker
Inscription. A Running Battle on the River Road
On Feb.2, Union troops moved up the road on the opposite bank of the Salkehatchie, fighting a running battle with the Confederate cavalrymen who tried to slow their advance. Among the casualties was Pvt. John B. Woods of the 3rd South Carolina Cavalry. Shot in the leg, Woods later bled to death at Rivers Bridge, where his unit took up position near here on the Confederate left flank.
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 33° 3.22′ N, 81° 6.11′ W. Marker is near 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 ( 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
A Running Battle on the River Road Map image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
2. A Running Battle on the River Road Map
marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge ( about 600 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 700 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge ( about 800 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 upper left is a drawing depicting the fighting. On the upper right, a map demonstrates
Confederates burned Braxton's Bridge, forcing Union troops to advance to the crossings upstream at Rivers and Buford's bridges.
On the lower right a drawing illustrates At Rivers Bridge, troopers of the 3rd South Carolina Cavalry fought on foot from improvised foxholes called "rifle pits." Sgt. John A. Moore remembered being "scattered along the swamp in little squads."
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Running Battle on the River Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Running Battle on the River Road Marker
Earthworks and "rifle pits" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. Earthworks and "rifle pits"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,259 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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