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Rivers Bridge State Park — Ehrhardt, South Carolina


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The Battle at Rivers Bridge began on February 2, 1865 and was the last substantial Confederate opposition that Union General William Sherman’s troops faced in South Carolina. This Civil War battleground is now a state park, located in Ehrhardt in Bamberg County.

Rivers Bridge State Park

Carol P Hines of Ridgeway, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

When Confederate General Lafayette McLaws heard that Sherman and his army were on their way, he ordered that the bridges crossing the Salkehatchie Swamp be burned or blocked in order to stop them. The battle raged for two days, but eventually Union brigades encircled McLaws’ soldiers, forcing them to retreat. (The photo at the bottom of this page shows trenches left over from the fight.)

Rivers Bridge State Park

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Today, visitors to the park can participate in guided tours and programs to learn more about battle and military life during the Civil War. Rivers Bridge State Park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Rivers Bridge Berms

Andy Thompson of Early Branch, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Rivers Bridge State Park Confederate Cemetery

Frances (Franki) Fuhrman of Syracuse, NY, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent


Rivers Bridge State Park Info


Address: 325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt, SC 29081
GPS Coordinates: 33.062568,-81.091654
Website: http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/riversbridge/


Rivers Bridge State Park Map





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