Buford's Bridge

Buford's Bridge (HM4QL)

Location: Olar, SC 29843 Bamberg County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 7.034', W 81° 10.952'

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(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 century, with several residences, four stores, two taverns, a boarding house, a Masonic lodge, and Mizpah Methodist Church here by the 1850s.
( Reverse Text)
On February 3-5, 1865, as Gen.W.T. Sherman's Federals advanced toward Columbia, units of Gen. J. A. Logan's XV Corps approached Buford's Bridge. Gen. Joseph Wheeler's Confederate cavalry burned the bridge, then evacuated the earthworks here before Logan arrived on Feb. 4th. Federals destroyed most of the buildings in the area to build bridges and left only Mizpah Methodist Church in tact.
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HM NumberHM4QL
Series This marker is part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series
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Marker Number5-8
Year Placed2002
Placed ByThe Rivers Bridge Camp No. 842, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 6:32am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 482971 N 3664298
Decimal Degrees33.11723333, -81.18253333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 7.034', W 81° 10.952'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 7' 2.04" N, 81° 10' 57.12" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 US-321, Olar SC 29843, US
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