Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Battle of Congaree Creek

Marker ID: SCHM 32-30
Location: Old State Rd., just S of its intersection with New State Rd., Cayce, SC
County: Lexington
Coordinates: N 33° 57.634    W 081° 2.284
  33.96056666    -81.03806666
Style: Free Standing **


On February 15, 1865, as Gen. W.T. Sherman´s Federal army advanced to Columbia, Gen. O.O. Howard´s Army of the Tennessee found its way blocked by Confederates entrenched behind Congaree Creek and defending the Old State Rd. bridge. Gen. George G. Dibrell´s dismounted cavalry brigade, supported by infantry and artillery, manned the nearby earthworks, portions of which survive.

Gen. Charles R. Woods´ 1st Div. of Gen. John A. Logan´s XV Corps pushed Federal skirmishers ahead while one of Woods´ brigades crossed upstream and turned the Confederate right flank. Dibrell´s force withdrew from Congaree Creek and then from its earthworks, retreating to Columbia. Though the Confederates set fire to the bridge the Federals saved it and made their camp nearby that night.

Erected by the 15th Regt. S.C. Vol