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Lawtonville, South Carolina
February 3, 1865

Although historically not a large battle, the Battle at River's Bridge was significant because it is the last defensive effort of the Confederates against the march of Sherman's army to Columbia. General LaFayette McLaws led South Carolina's First Cavalry Regiment - Harrion's Brigade, which included The  32nd Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry.

On February 2, a Confederate force under McLaws held the crossings of the Salkehatchie River against
the advance of the right wing of Sherman's Army.   The tactic of the Southern troops was to burn the existing bridges over the rain swelled streams and rivers, and then wait to ambush the Union troops.  The Union soldiers built pontoon bridges over the swamp and worked to circle from the rear.

On February 3rd, two Union brigades led by Maj. Gen. Francis P. Blair  waded the swamp downstream and assaulted McLaws' regiment.  Lt. Col. Oscar L. Jackson, 63rd Ohio Infantry, describes the aftermath of the battle:

"Again at the hospital I see the horrid results of every battle.  Men mutilated in every shape     conceivable, groaning,   begging for assistance and gasping in death. Many of our wounded will have to lie all night in that horrid swamp, it being impossible to find them and carry them out on the narrow foot bridge that has been made. Many have had their heads  propped up out of the water where they lay to keep them from drowning." 
                                                  Lt. Col. Oscar L. Jackson, 63rd Ohio Infantry,
                                             after the Battle of Rivers Bridge, February 2-3, 1865¹
As quoted in These Honored Dead: The Battle of Rivers Bridge

In total, approximately 6,200 soldiers were involved in this battle - 5,000 Union soldiers, and 1,200 Confederate.  262 men were killed - 92 Union and 170 Confederate.

 McLaws retreated toward Branchville after stalling Sherman's advance for only one day. 

More excellent reading about the Battle of River's Bridge and the troops who fought there: