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Rivers Bridge State Historic Site

Ehrhardt, SC, USA

On Feb. 2-3, 1865, during the final months of the Civil War, 1,200 Confederate soldiers made a stand here on the Salkehatchie River against Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's sweep across South Carolina. Behind stout, earthen fortifications, which are still intact today, the Southerners fought a division of about 5,000 Union soldiers. Union troops crossed the swollen swamp on both ends of the Confederate line to finally win the battle. Today, Rivers Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only state historic site in South Carolina that preserves a Civil War battlefield. The site also includes the Memorial Grounds. Here, slain Confederate soldiers were interred and are remembered in memorial services that have been held annually since 1876.

 

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Directions

From I-95: Take exit 57 at Walterboro onto Hwy 64 W toward Barnwell. Turn onto Hwy 641 toward Allendale and follow the Rivers Bridge State Historic Site directional signs.From I-26: Take exit 145 at Orangeburg onto Hwy 601 toward Bamberg. Turn onto Hwy 301 toward Allendale and follow the Rivers Bridge State Historic Site directional signs. From I-20: Take exit #18 at Aiken onto Hwy 19 S toward Aiken. Turn onto Hwy 78 E toward Denmark. Turn onto Hwy 321 S toward Savannah and follow the Rivers Bridge State Historic Site directional signs.

Visitor Services

Rest rooms, handicapped access, battlefield tours, trails, picnic shelters

Regular Events

February: annual battle reenactment and living history exhibit held nearby (not in the park), just off of SC HWY 641.

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

Free, only a small charge for guided tours held the first Saturday of each month.

Hours

Park Hours: 9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M. Office Hours: 11:00A.M. - 12:00P.M.

Phone

803-267-3675

Website

http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/566.aspx »

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