7 November 2015.
Rivers Bridge State Historic Site
Invites you to learn about the Civil War in the S.C. low country
Please join us at Rivers Bridge State Historic Site for a special afternoon with Living Historians Tom and Sherry Key. They will demonstrate the art of Civil War cooking and discuss memories of the life both on the battlefield and on the home front from the perspectives of a Civil War veteran and his wife recalling their experiences long after the war.

When: November 7, 2015.
Program starts at 1:00pm

Where: Community Building at Rivers Bridge State Historic Site

Cost: Adults $5.00
Children (16 & under) FREE
Rivers Bridge State Historic Site
325 State Park RD
Ehrhardt, SC 29081
Phone: 803-267-3657
rbridgesp@scprt.com
Office Hours: 11a.m. noon
www.SouthCarolinaParks.com
Help us remember the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Rivers Bridge.
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
  • rbridgesp@scprt.com
  • Office hours: 11a.m. - noon
  • www.SouthCarolinaParks.com
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

dbell@scprt.com

843-571-6623

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