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Historical Markers in Bamberg County, South Carolina

Clickable Map of Bamberg County, South Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Bamberg County, SC (37) Allendale County, SC (16) Barnwell County, SC (44) Colleton County, SC (48) Hampton County, SC (25) Orangeburg County, SC (60)  BambergCounty(37) Bamberg County (37)  AllendaleCounty(16) Allendale County (16)  BarnwellCounty(44) Barnwell County (44)  ColletonCounty(48) Colleton County (48)  HamptonCounty(25) Hampton County (25)  OrangeburgCounty(60) Orangeburg County (60)
Bamberg is the county seat for Bamberg County
Adjacent to Bamberg County, South Carolina
      Allendale County (16)  
      Barnwell County (44)  
      Colleton County (48)  
      Hampton County (25)  
      Orangeburg County (60)  
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1South Carolina (Bamberg County), Bamberg — Bamberg
Hooten- Black House & Bamberg's National Historic District The Hooten- Black House is the hub of art and history in Bamberg County where you will find changing art exhibitions, concerts, and lectures on Bamburg County history. The Hooten- . . . Map (db m32840) HM
2South Carolina (Bamberg County), Bamberg — Bamberg County Confederate Monument
. . . Map (db m10330) HM
3South Carolina (Bamberg County), Bamberg — 5-4 — Carlisle Military School
SC Methodists began an institution on this site in 1892 naming it Carlisle Fitting School, for James H. Carlisle, president of Wofford College 1875-1902. It served as a coeducational preparatory institution for Wofford. Col. James F. Risher . . . Map (db m26427) HM
4South Carolina (Bamberg County), Bamberg — 5-14 — Pinewood Plantation
Front This plantation was the home of Maj. William Seaborn Bamberg (1820-1858), planter, merchant, and the founder of Bamberg. Maj. Bamberg, a native of what was then Barnwell District, returned to this area from Georgia in the late . . . Map (db m84466) HM
5South Carolina (Bamberg County), Bamberg — 5-10 — Woodlands
(Front text) Woodlands was the country home of William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870), the most prominent and prolific writer of the antebellum South, from 1836 to his death. A novelist, poet, historian, critic, and essayist best known for his . . . Map (db m32008) HM
6South Carolina (Bamberg County), Denmark — 5-7 — AT&T Building
This Georgian Revival building, completed in 1923, at the cost of $300,000, was the third Denmark office of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company. In 1898, long-distance lines from Virginia to Georgia, and from Alabama to Charleston crossed . . . Map (db m19636) HM
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7South Carolina (Bamberg County), Denmark — Denmark Depot
Denmark Beginnings The town was originally known as Graham's Turnout, when the South Carolina Canal & Railroad line came through in the 1830s. There were 16turnouts, or pull-offs for passing, on the line with watering tanks and . . . Map (db m14526) HM
8South Carolina (Bamberg County), Denmark — 5-16 — Denmark High School
Side 1 Denmark High School is the second school located at this spot. The first Denmark School, designed by Charles Coker Wilson, was completed in 1908 and once stood adjacent to the current building. The core of the current school was . . . Map (db m180068) HM
9South Carolina (Bamberg County), Denmark — 5-15 — Holman's Bridge
(side 1) In 1801 John Holman constructed a bridge spanning the South Fork of the Edisto River at a site previously known as Tyler's Ferry, about 1/2 mi. N. of here. Two acts of the General Assembly granted Holman the right to charge a toll . . . Map (db m110750) HM
10South Carolina (Bamberg County), Denmark — 5-6 — Voorhees College
[Front Text] Voorhees College, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897 as the Denmark Industrial School, was an effort to emphasize a vocational curriculum for rural African American students on the model of the Tuskegee Institute. . . . Map (db m19639) HM
11South 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
12South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Bamberg County
[Photo of guest room] Ehrhardt Hall This restored 19th century mansion located in the town of Ehrhardt is a bed and breakfast and features six guest rooms with amenities including fireplaces. [Photo of Sinclair . . . Map (db m27445) HM
13South 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
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14South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' BridgeFeb. 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
15South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' BridgeFeb. 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
16South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' BridgeFeb. 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
17South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' BridgeFeb. 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
18South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' BridgeFeb. 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
19South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' BridgeFeb. 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
20South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' BridgeFeb. 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
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21South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' BridgeFeb. 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
22South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Battle of Rivers' BridgeFeb. 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
23South 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
24South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Colleton County Confederate Soldiers
Colleton County In Memory Of Our Confederate Soldiers Who Here Gave Their Lives In Defense Of A Righteous Cause Feb. 3 and 4, 1865Map (db m53729) HM
25South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Conrad Ehrhardt Railroad Park
Conrad Ehrhardt was born in Weiterade Kuhrhessen Germany on December 13, 1832 and left home at the age of 19 to come to America. He came with only 25 cents in his pocket and skills that he aquired from the mills, in which he had worked, in Germany. . . . Map (db m7602) HM
26South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Ehrhardt HallBed and Breakfast
Ehrhardt Hall was built in 1903 with Victorian style architecture. The owner, Dr. James Haynes Roberts, born March 2, 1863, was originally from the Allendale area. Following in his father's footsteps, who was a self taught dentist and 2nd lieutenant . . . Map (db m20908) HM
27South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Four County WW II Memorial
In Memory Of Our Heroes Of World War II Erected by the Counties of Allendale, Bamberg, Colleton and Hampton May 1, 1948 Map (db m57319) HM
28South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — 5-2 — Mt. Pleasant Church
In 1835 St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church moved here from about 1 mi. south and changed its name to Mt. Pleasant. It is generally accepted that this congregation was organized ca. 1750 and that John George Bamberg preached there shortly after . . . Map (db m8795) HM
29South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — Our Confederate DeadRivers 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
30South 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
31South 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
32South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ehrhardt — 5-5 — St. Johns Baptist Church
(Front text) This church, established 1829 30, was first named Three Mile Creek Church and held early services in a brush arbor 4 mi. W on the Salkehatchie River. In 1839 it moved to this site donated by George Kinard, and was renamed St. . . . Map (db m32605) HM
33South Carolina (Bamberg County), Govan — 5-12 — Mountain Home Plantation
(Front text) Mountain Home Plantation, named for the hill on which it is located, was established before the Civil War. In 1859 Samuel J. Hartzog (1823-1890) bought the plantation from his brother Joseph (1826-1862), and built this two-story . . . Map (db m31942) HM
34South Carolina (Bamberg County), Govan — 5-13 — Salem Methodist Church
(Front text) This church, founded by 1818, held its early services in a brush arbor; the first permanent sanctuary was built nearby. In 1848 Capt. J.D. Allen sold this 4-acre site to the trustees for $1.00. The present church, built soon . . . Map (db m32092) HM
35South Carolina (Bamberg County), near Ulmer — 5-3 — Mizpah Church
Methodist Church established by 1832. Present 1856 house of worship is all that remains of pre~ Civil War Settlement of Buford's Bridge.Map (db m19641) HM
36South Carolina (Bamberg County), Olar — Olar S.C.1894
Elisha, Henry, James H. and Richard Morris enlisted in the Confederate Army Apr 9, 1862, served in Co. G, 2nd S.C. Art'y for the duration of the war They were farmers, owning large tracts of land. Much of the land for the South . . . Map (db m32657) HM
37South Carolina (Bamberg County), Ulmer — 5-8 — Buford's Bridge
(Front Text) Buford's Bridge, the earliest settlement in what is now Bamberg County, was established as early as 1792, when William Buford maintained a bridge and operated a ferry over the Salkehatchie River. It grew throughout the nineteenth . . . Map (db m7644) HM
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Nov. 29, 2022