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Battle for Broxton Bridge is a Civil War Reenactment

Civil War encampment during the Battle of Broxton Bridge. Photo by Jeff Dennis

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.

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.

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 for 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 cross.

Dan Gregory is a Civil War reenactor, and he is heading up the calvary and asks that anyone wishing to join in should email him at [email protected] Gregory is a Major in Hampton’s Legion from S.C. and they will be joined by other regiments from North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and some are even coming from Ohio. Gregory shares that while, there will be some minor skirmishes reenacted on Friday, the main battles will occur on Saturday when the Confederates hold their ground, and on Sunday when the Union troops ultimately win the battle.

New this year at Broxton Bridge are recreations of actual buildings that Gen. Sherman’s army burned down on the property. Battlefield Chairman and historian Bart Chassereau helped to oversee the attention to detail when they built back a small church, blacksmith shop and an old timey Post Office. These buildings and other exhibits can be toured on your own time; souvenir stands will be on hand and the food vendors will help to keep everyone fed.

Civil War fans will also be able to view the touring H. L. Hunley exhibit of the submarine that was located off of Charleston. On Saturday morning the Citadel Rugby Club is hosting a sporting clays tournament for those who wish to shoot some targets before the battle reenactment. Also, the Log A Load sporting clays shoot at Broxton Bridge is coming up on Wednesday April 8. For shooting sports info call the Broxton Bridge office at 800-437-4868.

To view the official t-shirt for this year visit the Internet at www.BroxtonBridge.com or go to FaceBook and search for the 150th reenactment event page. The warmest weather day looks like Sunday but Varn told me that it’s always a toss up between Saturday and Sunday for the largest crowds. Each day will present a unique encounter between reenactment soldiers and I can report that the sounds and smells of the battle serve to bolster one’s imagination about what it might have been like all those years ago during the War Between the States.

Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com

 

Jeff Dennis, Contributor (202 Posts)

Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com