Battle of Rivers' Bridge

Battle of Rivers' Bridge (HM4L0)

Location: Ehrhardt, SC 29081 Bamberg County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 3.12', W 81° 6.023'

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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 ability and will to support troops in the field.

Here, on February 2-3, 1865, part of Sherman's army clashed with Confederate troops along the Salkehatchie River. In the two-day battle of Rivers Bridge, Confederates made the mostdetermined resistance to Sherman's march through South Carolina.

Sherman's Army moved in two wings to confuse the Confederates and prevent them from concentrating their forces. His troops marchedinland to cross the state's rivers where theynarrowed instead of along the coast where theyran through wide marshes.

Most of the soldiers who fought at Rivers Bridge were veterans. Years of bloody combat had taught them lessons for surviving on the battlefield. They would apply those lessons here
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HM NumberHM4L0
Series This marker is part of the Battlefield Trails - Civil War series
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 10:05pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 490628 N 3657056
Decimal Degrees33.05200000, -81.10038333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 3.12', W 81° 6.023'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 3' 7.20" N, 81° 6' 1.38" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 603 State Rd S-5-8, Ehrhardt SC 29081, US
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