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Battle of Rivers' Bridge
Part of the American Civil War
Charge of Weaver's Brigade Across the Salkehatchie.jpg
Charge of Weaver's Brigade Across the Salkehatchie
DateFebruary 3, 1865 (1865-02-03)
LocationBamberg County, South Carolina
33°3′10″N 81°5′59″W / 33.05278°N 81.09972°W / 33.05278; -81.09972Coordinates: 33°3′10″N 81°5′59″W / 33.05278°N 81.09972°W / 33.05278; -81.09972
Result Union victory
United States United States (Union)  Confederate States of America
Commanders and leaders
Francis Preston Blair, Jr.
John A. Logan
Lafayette McLaws
Units involved
XVII Corps
XV Corps
Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida
5,000 1,200
Casualties and losses
(18 killed,
106 wounded)[1]
(8 killed,
44 wounded,
45 captured/missing)[1]

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.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Battle of Rivers Bridge-Reading 2
  2. "Rivers Bridge State Historic Site". South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 


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