Battle of Rivers' Bridge

Battle of Rivers' Bridge (HM4LH)

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

N 33° 3.197', W 81° 6.09'

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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 chest-deep water would hinder the Union advance. "a dog could scarcely make his way through the swamp" recalled a Union soldier. After the battle, Union Gen. Howard called the river " this indescribably Ugly Salkehatchie."

"So immense are the trees, and so thickly set, that the eye cannot reach half pistol range; and they are so abundantly covered with foliage that the light of day is shut out."
-Capt. F.Y. Hedley, 32nd Illinois Infantry
HM NumberHM4LH
Placed BySouth Carolina State Park System
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:24am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 490523 N 3657198
Decimal Degrees33.05328333, -81.10150000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 3.197', W 81° 6.09'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 3' 11.82" N, 81° 6' 5.40" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 867 State Rd S-5-8, Ehrhardt SC 29081, US
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