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|Rivers Bridge State Historic
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
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:
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
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