Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers trod through South Carolina, leaving behind a trail of history at what are now historical sites in South Carolina state parks. Musgrove Mill State Historic Site near Clinton, and Rivers Bridge State Historic Site in Ehrhardt, SC, are battlefields in the state park system where fierce fights took place.
History buffs will enjoy time at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site where the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Musgrove’s Mill took place on August 19, 1780. Although Musgrove Mill was not a well-known battle, the out-numbered Patriot’s defeat of the Loyalists proved a pivotal turning point in the war.
The 360-acre park, located near Interstate 26, offers living history programs and live demonstrations to help park visitors better understand the struggle that took place there. Interpretive exhibits in the visitor’s center highlight South Carolina’s role in the Revolutionary War, including a light-up display board that gives an audio play-by-play of the battle. Nature trails and interpretive trails and an ADA-accessible waterfall are also on site.
This Civil War site in Ehrhardt, South Carolina hosts the remaining, century-and-a-half-old earthen fortifications from the two-day Battle of Rivers Bridge. Confederate soldiers made their last stand against General William T. Sherman, and ultimately lost before Sherman marched to Columbia and destroyed a third of the city. About 260 troops were injured or killed, including 170 Confederates.
Ranger and self-guided tours of the park are available, including a three-quarter mile interpretive nature trail. Guests can also have lunch at the park at one of the picnic shelters and go boating or canoeing on the Salkehatchie River.