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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 Vulnerable Stronghold Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 2008
1. A Vulnerable Stronghold Marker
Inscription. A Vulnerable Stronghold

The Confederates were confident they could stop another head-on Union assault. But they feared for the safety of their flanks, knowing they did not have enough men to resist attacks that might strike the ends of their thin line.

"I can hold my position here, General, until next Christmas if you can keep them off my flanks."
-Lt.Col. Edwin H. Bacon, 32nd Georgia Infantry, to Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws, Feb. 3, 1865

Abatis bristled from the front of the Confederate fortifications. A crude obstacle of sharpened and intertwined tree branches, abatis stopped attackers and brought them under murderous, close- range gunfire.
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 33° 3.185′ N, 81° 5.951′ 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 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different
A Vulnerable Stronghold Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. A Vulnerable Stronghold Marker
marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (about 400 feet away); 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 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); 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 right is a portrait of "A splendid officer," Lt.Col. Edwin H. Bacon commanded
the outnumbered forces at Rivers Bridge.
(Portrait courtesy of Mrs. Elizabeth Bacon Skinner.) Beside it is a drawing of the Bacon and McLaws coordinating on the battlefield.


In the center is an illustration by Dan Bell showing the profile of the earthworks, complete with the abatis. The lower portion of the
A Vulnerable Stronghold image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. A Vulnerable Stronghold
marker is a In 1865, the vista before you looked more like this. Fresh earthworks on the bluff and felled trees and abatis below made this spot appear very forbidding to attackers. Gen. Howard called Rivers Bridge "the strongest position I ever saw in my life."
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
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 1,305 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 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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