GDG- Inevitable defeat

Tom bunco973 at
Tue Jan 24 10:29:04 CST 2012

   Thanks to all for your responses - guess it's time to make a side trip to 
the bridge site next time. I always thought the bridge supports were what 
you see from the PA. Turnpike coming from the east - looking south. I'm 
still learnin' - Thanks again!!
Tom B.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Margaret D. Blough
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 2:22 AM
Subject: Re: GDG- Inevitable defeat

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
Tom-The militia destroyed it in order to keep the Confederates using it to 
cross over the the eastern shore of the Susquehanna. Harrisburg is on the 
east and this would have enabled the Confederates to attack the city from 
both sides. While Lee initially ordered the bridge's destruction, the ANV 
generals on the scene saw the advantages to saving it and tried to save it. 
The Susquehanna is not one of the wildest rivers in the world but bridges 
were needed to cross it and with that bridge out there wasn't another until 
Harrisburg. The hope was to destroy sections so it could be rebuilt later 
but, in the days before dynamite, that sort of precision wasn't easily 
obtained. The Columbia-Wrightsville bridge was a wood & stone covered bridge 
believed to be the longest such bridge in the world at the time and the 
flames that destroyed the wood, leaving only the granite supports.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom" <bunco973 at>
To: "GDG" <gettysburg at>
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2012 10:38:11 PM
Subject: Re: GDG- Inevitable defeat

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>>> And
in fact, if you think about it, the damn thing IS still made of big
granite blocks. Now just how are you going to knock the darn thing over
without a
whole lot of valuable time and trouble? <<< It was destroyed, by fire
(not the granite supports of course), by Union militia.
Regards, Tom B. for Archives 

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