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The Civil War in South Carolina


To this end it came!
The Shot First Fired.
The South Carolina Coast (Robert E. Lee was here!)
The Confederate Submarine Hunley (We were the best!)
The Begining of the End (new map of Georgia)
Sherman's Destruction in South Carolina (see River's Bridge directly below)
Reconstruction (further destruction!)
The House That Got Away! (I bet this was one you did not know about!)

Property Seizures and Losses
Civil War Queries
October 18th, 2014
  • 1:30 Tour of Rivers Bridge Battlefield and Memorial Grounds
  • 3:00 Civil War music played by Jim Dreyfuss
  • 4:30 Cheese and Beverage reception

November 9th, 2014

  • 1:30 Tour of Rivers Bridge Battlefield and Memorial Grounds
  • 3:00 Graham Long- The Siege of Charleston
  • Steve Wise- Beaufort and Sherman's Carolinas Campaign
  • 5:00 Cheese and Beverage reception

January 17th, 2015

  • 1:30 Tour of Rivers Bridge Battlefield and Memorial Grounds
  • 3:00 William Bowers- The History of the 47th Georgia Infantry Volunteers
  • Joe Long- Sherman's Carolinas Campaign. This will be accompanied by an exhibit from the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.
  • 5:00 Cheese and Beverage reception

February 7th, 2015

  • 1:30 Dan Bell- Detailed Explanation of the movements and actions that took place on the battlefield
  • 3:00 Steve Smith- Global Satellite positioning study of the Rivers Bridge Battlefield
  • Eric Plaag-Archeological study of Sherman's March through the Carolinas
  • 5:00 Cheese and Beverage reception

February 28th, 2015

  • 1:30 Tour of Rivers Bridge Battlefield and Memorial Grounds
  • 3:00 Dan Bell- The African American involvement in the Battle of Rivers Bridge and Sherman’s March through the Carolinas
  • Joseph McGill- The life of an African American soldier serving in South Carolina as portrayed by a member of the 54th Mass. Regiment
  • 5:00 Cheese and Beverage reception

March 21st, 2015

  • 1:30 Tour of Rivers Bridge Battlefield and Memorial Grounds
  • 3:00 Jerry Morris- The Story of Frank Mixson: A South Carolinian in the Confederate Army
  • Tracy Power- Sherman’s marches through Georgia and the Carolinas and its effect on the Army of Northern Virginia during the last months of the war.
  • 5:00 Cheese and Beverage reception

April 18th, 2015

  • 1:30 Tour of Rivers Bridge Battlefield and Memorial Grounds
  • 3:00 Debbie Wallsmith- A study of Andersonville and Camp Lawton prisons
  • Mike Kirby- Research on Lt. Simeon Kirby of Earle’s Battery, S.C. Palmetto Battalion and Light Artillery
  • Phil Gaines- My Connection with Rivers Bridge and What It Means to Me
  • 5:00 Cheese and Beverage reception

  • Rivers Bridge State Historic Site
  • 325 State Park RD
  • Ehrhardt, SC 29081
  • Phone: 803-267-3675
  • Office hours: 11a.m. - noon
Rivers Bridge State Historic Site.

We are searching for descendants of the soldiers of the men who fought at the Battle of Rivers Bridge (Feb.2-3, 1865).

It is hoped that we will have a series of special events during Feb. 2015 commemorating the 150th anniversary of that conflict.

We hope to invite as many of these descendants as possible to these events.

If any of you are descendants of participants, or have information, please send it to Ranger White.

This would give these people a once in a like time opportunity to learn how their ancestors contributed to the war effort of their country.

John White, Interpretive Ranger, Rivers Bridge State Historic Site
The Battle of Rivers' Bridge, also known as Salkehatchie River, Hickory Hill, Owen's Crossroads, Lawtonville, and Duck Creek, was a Union victory fought on February 3, 1865, during the Carolinas Campaign of the American Civil War.

While Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's Union armies marched north across South Carolina, about 1,200 Confederates under Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws were posted at the crossing on the Salkehatchie River. Union soldiers began to build bridges to bypass McLaws on February 2. The next day two brigades under Maj. Gen. Francis P. Blair waded through the swamp and flanked the Confederates. McLaws withdrew toward Branchville after stalling Sherman's advance for only one day and Sherman's forces continued moving north into North Carolina.

The site is commemorated by the Rivers Bridge State Historical Site. (from Wikipedia)

Do you have an ancestor who fought in the battle of Rivers Bridge? Is so, we want to hear from you. The South Carolina State Park Service is developing special events at Rivers Bridge State Historic Site for the 150th anniversary of the battle to honor all those who fought there. If you'd like to receive more information about Rivers Bridge and the 150th anniversary commemoration, or if you'd like to share information on your ancestor's service in the Civil War, please contact us.

The following units fought at Rivers Bridge:

Confederate - 3rd Arkansas Cavalry, 32nd nd 47th Georgia, 5th Georgia Reserves, 3d South Carolina Cavalry, Earle's Battery Company A, South Carolina Palmetto Battalion Light Artillery, 4th Tennessee Cavalry, 8th and 11th Texas Cavalry

Union - 10th and 64th Illinois Infantry, 25th Indiana Infantry, 18th Missouri Infantry, 35th New Jersey Infantry, 27th, 39th, 43rd, and 63rd Ohio Infantry, 25th and 32nd Wisconsin Infantry

Send your information to:

Dan Bell

Historic Resource Coordinator

South Carolina State Park Service

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

1500 Old Towne Road

Charleston, SC 29407


Charge(?) of Weaver's Brigade Across the Salkehatchie  (from Wikipedia) (looks more like a slog!)

Where to get records of Civil War Service:
U.S. National Archives CSA records CSS Hunley Crew Members
The SC Information Highway   South Carolina Department of Archives & History CSA Records
CSA Veterans

Swell the chest.

Beat the drum.  

Sorrows many. (Haiku)

Sources and on-line resources (Including full text of Uncle Tom's Cabin in HTML).

Would you please submit a section for this web site, or rewrite what is here?  If you have comments, suggestions, errors, ambiguities, etc. please contact the Webmeister.  All suggestions are welcome.

Please send digitized, referenced, lists of Civil War battle participants (or other relevant records) for inclusion on this South Carolina resource web page.

Feedback please!  Please send comments for improvement!  Please let me know of any errors that you see, corrections, or suggestions.   If you see a grammatical error (ugh!), please tell me where it is.  Please help me improve this web site.  Did this web site meet your needs on learning about South Carolina in the Civil War and where to get records on your ancestor?  If not, how may I improve it?  Thanks to each and every one who has provided feedback.

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What is a (horrors!) "Yhankee" doing running a South Carolina Civil War web site?

Last update: 7 Dec. 2014 (I always forget to update this!)

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