The Battle of Rivers’ Bridge

The Battle of Rivers’ Bridge took place on February 3, 1865 in Bamberg County. Confederate force under Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws held the crossings of the Salkehatchie River against the advance of the right wing of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s army. Union soldiers began building bridges across the swamp to bypass the road block. In the meantime, Union columns worked to get on the Confederates’ flanks and rear. The Union claimed victory when 2 Union brigades waded the swamp downstream and assaulted McLaws’s right

Photo taken at: Rivers Bridge State Historic Site

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