Battle of Rivers' Bridge

Battle of Rivers' Bridge (HM4L3)

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

N 33° 3.136', W 81° 6.005'

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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 marched into position on the river's north side. Howard was to capture the Salkehatchie crossings, link up with the Union left wing and cut the railroad from Augusta to Charleston. The combined force was then to move on its ultimate objective —Columbia. McLaws, with about 6,000 men was to hold the crossing.

"Howard, I believe we can go there without anyserious difficulties. If we can cross the Salkehatchie,we can capture Columbia."
- Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
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HM NumberHM4L3
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Placed BySouth Carolina State Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 7:54am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 490656 N 3657085
Decimal Degrees33.05226667, -81.10008333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 3.136', W 81° 6.005'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 3' 8.16" N, 81° 6' 0.30" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3901-3907 State Rd S-5-8, Ehrhardt SC 29081, US
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