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Battle of Rivers' Bridge
Part of the American Civil War
File:Charge of Weaver's Brigade Across the Salkehatchie.jpg
Charge of Weaver's Brigade Across the Salkehatchie
Date February 3, 1865
Location Bamberg County, South Carolina
Result Union victory
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Francis Preston Blair, Jr. Lafayette McLaws
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 covered by the Rivers Bridge State Historical Site.[1]



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