Rivers Bridge State Historic Site Offers Unique Perspective of Civil War
Posted 1/3/2012 5:26:00 PM
On Feb. 2-3, 1865, Union troops made their way across South Carolina to what is now Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, in what would be some of the final fighting of the Civil War. The vastly outnumbered Confederate troops went on to lose the Battle of Rivers Bridge, but nearly 150 years later evidence of the fighting remains.
Rivers Bridge is the only park in the system that commemorates a Civil War battlefield, and the park is now offering special monthly, guided tours of the site. Self-guided tours can be taken year-round at Rivers Bridge, but touring the site with a park guide offers more depth and information than what is available on the wayside paneling along the trails.
Beginning on Jan. 7, ranger-guided tours of the site will be given on the first Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. A battlefield tour, including examinations of still-intact fortifications, and a look into the daily lives of Confederate soldiers will both be included in the program.
Tours will take approximately an hour and a half and the cost is $5 for adults over the age of 16, and $3 for children ages 6-16. Visitors should also be sure to wear comfortable shoes and insect repellent in the warmer months.