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Start: 1865-02-03 End: 1865-02-03

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Introduction

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.

Order of Battle

Battle

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 towards the state capital Columbia.

Aftermath

The site is commemorated by the Rivers Bridge State Historical Site.

Casualties

Total Killed Wounded Missing Captured
USA Battle Flag 18 106
CSA Battle Flag small 8 44 45
Combined Forces

References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rivers%27_Bridge

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