Yesterday, Jeremy took me on a tour of Hampton county. Before we got there we went and walked around the Battle of Rivers Bridge Historical site in Bamberg county. The Battle of Rivers Bridge was fought during the "late unpleasantness" (or the Civil War, for those of you who are not from the South). It was 5000 union soldiers versus 1200 confederate soldiers. It was the last defensive effort by the confederates against the march of Sherman's army towards Columbia. Obviously the yankees won.
You can still see the earth works formed by the Confederate soldiers.
This is all that remains of the Rivers Bridge. People say that at night you can still hear and sometimes see the ghosts of the Confederate and Union soldiers that died in the river.
The Big Salkehatchie River
Jeremy said that astronomers LOVE coming out to Rivers Bridge because it is in the middle of nowhere and it is a big dark hole which equals awesome star gazing. Hampton was very cute. I love going to these towns and looking at their main streets. But you can definitely tell that the economy has hit these small towns pretty hard. There are still some local stores that are pushing through these hard times but there are a lot of vacant buildings and for sale signs. I sincerely hope we do not lose these beautiful little rural southern towns.
Next stop = Walterboro! Can't wait!