Defending Carolina - Civil War Battlefields Tour

At Santee State Park

During the first months of 1865, Confederate forces readied themselves to defend against the invading army led by General William T. Sherman. As the army advanced toward Columbia, it had to cross well defended positions along several rivers. Join expert guides at two of these well preserved battlefields along the line of advance, at Rivers Bridge State Historic Site and at Congaree Creek. Well preserved earthworks at both sites will provide a better understanding of what the Union Army faced and how the Confederate defenders hoped to delay them. The program includes two nights in the lakeside cabins at Santee State Park, two guided battlefield tours, and transportation from Santee State Park to the sites and back. There will be walking involved at both field sites up to about a mile and it will also involve walking on uneven terrain through some wooded areas. Cost: $129/person double occupancy or $225/person single occupancy.


  • February 20, 2018 - February 22, 2018
  • Registration Deadline

    1 week prior to event

    Event Hours

    Check in Tuesday after 4pm, meet at Santee State Park Office 10am Wednesday, check out Thursday by 10am.

    Meeting Place

    Santee State Park Office

    What to Bring

    Water, camera, insect repellent, comfortable walking shoes for wooded areas, dress appropriately for weather, and pack a lunch or snacks as the program is expected to last roughly from 10am-4pm.


    Additional nights before or after the program for only $49/night (price good for Sunday, Monday, and Thursday nights only) based on availability of the cabin.


    $129/person double occupancy, $225/person single occupancy