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Virtual tour by markers of the Battle of Rivers' Bridge, February 2-3, 1864.
 
Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, far left picture image, Touch for more information
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Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, far left picture
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Rivers Bridge State Historic Site
( Left side ) The Legacy of Total War From January to March in 1865 more than 60,000 Union soldiers led by General William Tecumseh Sherman marched across South Carolina. They brought total war to the state, . . . — Map (db m15646) HM
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — 5-1 — Battle Of Rivers’ Bridge
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 . . . — Map (db m11318) HM
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' Bridge — Feb. 2-3, 1865
Invasion! In January 1865, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's army of 60,000 Union soldiers invaded South Carolina. Its goals: to link up with Ulysses S. Grant's forces opposing Robert E. Lee's Confederates in Virginia and destroy the South's . . . — Map (db m7437) HM
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' Bridge — Feb. 2-3, 1865
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 . . . — Map (db m7441) HM
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' Bridge — Feb. 2-3, 1865
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 . . . — Map (db m7440) HM
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' Bridge — Feb. 2-3, 1865
"This Indescribably Ugly Salkehatchie " At Rivers Bridge the Salkehatchie flowed though a swamp a half mile wide. The only road through it was a narrow earthen causeway with multiple wooden bridges. The Confederates hoped the thick swamp and . . . — Map (db m7455) HM
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' Bridge — Feb. 2-3, 1865
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 . . . — Map (db m7457) HM
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' Bridge — Feb. 2-3, 1865
Attack! Gen. Joseph A. Mower's Union division advanced rapidly to Rivers Bridge on the afternoon of Feb. 2 and charged down a narrow causeway. Confederate cannon fire stopped the attack and forced the Yankees to take cover in the cold swamp. The . . . — Map (db m7456) HM
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' Bridge — Feb. 2-3, 1865
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 . . . — Map (db m7458) HM
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' Bridge — Feb. 2-3, 1865
The End is Near The Union Victory broke the main Confederate line of defense in lower South Carolina. McLaws' troops retreated to another line behind the Edisto River about 20 miles northeast of here, then continued to fall back as . . . — Map (db m7467) HM
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' Bridge — Feb. 2-3, 1865
Death and Defeat As Mower's troops flanked the Confederate right, another Union division crossed several miles downstream to flank the Confederate left. Under a smokescreen created by a rapid artillery and rifle volleys, the Southerners . . . — Map (db m7464) HM
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — 5-9 — Battle At Rivers Bridge / Rivers Bridge Memorials
Battle At Rivers Bridge On February 2 ~ 3, 1865, as Gen. W.T. Sherman's Federals advanced toward Columbia, units of Gen. F.P. Blair's XVII Corps attempted to cross the Salkehatchie River at Rivers Bridge. The Confederate defenders . . . — Map (db m7708) HM
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Our Confederate Dead — Rivers Bridge State Park
Most of the Confederates killed here were Georgians, and most were unknown when they were reburied. But the local community remembered them as " our Confederate dead, " the fallen heroes of a common cause. The monument placed over their mass . . . — Map (db m15650) HM
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Rivers Bridge Confederate Dead
( Front face ) In Memory of our Confederate Dead who fell in battle at River's Bridges Feb. 4, 1865. (Reverse face ) Soldier's rest, your welfare o'er, Sleep the sleep . . . — Map (db m15652) HM
South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — A Tradition of Remembering, A Legacy of Preservation
Eleven years after the battle of Rivers Bridge, a group of local young men formed the Rivers Bridge Confederate Memorial Association and reburied the Confederate dead here, about a mile from the battlefield. The Memorial Association began to . . . — Map (db m15671) HM

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