Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 Battle of Broxton Bridge - Civil War Reenactment at 150 Year Mark

Civil War era encampment lasts all weekend

Students of history know that this month is the 150th Anniversary of General Sherman’s march through South Carolina near the end of the Civil War. The northern army had superior numbers and equipment at this time and their engineers devised plans to defeat the fortifications at Beaufort Bridge, Broxton Bridge and Rivers Bridge. The owners at Broxton Bridge Plantation are hosting the 14th reenactment of this battle all weekend in what is a family fun environment.
Artillery at Battle of Broxton Bridge
Georgia Regiment in attendance
The three-day event will begin on Friday February 27 with a living history day tailored for schoolchildren. Broxton Bridge owner Jerry Varn told me that busloads of kids will be coming on Friday to witness the Civil War encampment and to visit the twelve stations that will teach history through tactile learning. Examples of calvary, infantry, horse-drawn artillery and field hospitals will be part of the education day. There is no fee for admission on Friday which runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The ORIGINAL American Sniper!
Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 will include a $10 admission for adults, with the grounds open from 9 to 5. Each day at 2 p.m. the Battle of Broxton Bridge will be reenacted in what is usually the main draw. What’s interesting is that the battle takes place on the exact same ground where it occurred 150 years ago. The Civil War breastworks at Broxton Bridge remain intact and the Salkehatchie swamp remains a formidable natural formation for anyone to navigate.

To view the entire feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries from the Battle of Broxton Bridge click on 2009.

To view past blog entries about the Civil War click on Sesquicentennial in Charleston 

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