Bridge State Historic Site
325 State Park RD
you and your students to visit our park and participate in
an educational program at Rivers Bridge State Historic Site.
In the waning days of the Civil War, General William T. Sherman’s
Union troops clashed with Confederate soldiers at a place
called Rivers Bridge on the Salkehatchie River. Although vastly
outnumbered, the southerners held the crossing for two days
before being forced out of their breastworks. The battle of
Rivers Bridge (February 2 -3, 1865) was the only major resistance
encountered by Sherman’s army on its historic march
through the state. The earthen fortifications that guarded
this crossing remains today as a stark, silent monument to
the battle. Rivers Bridge is the only state historic site
in South Carolina that commemorates the Civil War. Periodic
educational programs are held to interpret the battle and
military life during the Civil War. Listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
encourage you to experience the site by participating in one
of the following Discover Carolina programs. Pre-site, on-site
and post-site lesson plans have been developed to ensure a
quality educational experience for you and your students.
Interpreter Led Programs:
a Civil War Soldier
Welcome to the
Army of Discover Carolina! During “Life of a Civil War
Soldier”, students will be enlisted by the staff at
Rivers Bridge SHS and march together into a better understanding
of the hardships and tedium that soldiers in 1865 endured.
Students will be engaged in some daily activities of a Civil
War-era soldier and through these, they will be challenged
to work as a cohesive unit to win the battle . . .
Time to Complete: 45 minutes
Standards: 4.1.15, 4.1.18, 4.5.5
Setting: historic battle site