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“Emergency Man” recalls defense of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge

Sunday, June 28, 2015, marks the 152nd anniversary of the destruction of one of the world’s longest covered bridges, the mile-and-a-quarter-long span across the Susquehanna River between Wrightsville in eastern York County and Columbia in western Lancaster County. The bridge … Continue reading

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Railroad traveler liked York, but not Wrightsville

A traveler calling himself “P.M.” visiting Baltimore in the early winter of 1850 sent back a letter to the editor, Ephraim Cowan, of the Warren (Pa.) Mail. He took a train most of the way, including the Pennsylvania Railroad from … Continue reading

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Efforts have continued in Congress for 125+ years to approve repayment for burnt bridge

On Sunday evening, June 28, 1863, under orders from a major general inĀ  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania state militiamen oversaw the preparations and then the execution of a plan to destroy the mile-and-a-quarter long covered bridge over the Susquehanna River between Wrightsville … Continue reading

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One of Gordon’s men discusses the Rebels saving Wrightsville, Pa. from burning

The Columbia Bridge burns on the night of Sunday, June 28, 1863, in this photograph of a painting at the Columbia Historical Society in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Union troops retreating from Wrightsville (foreground) marched across the bridge into Lancaster County (background) … Continue reading

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U.S. Committee on War Claims denied Wrightsville residents’ Federal claims

Several residents of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, filed damage claims following the Civil War for the loss of their homes, businesses, and shops caused when the riverfront area caught fire from flaming embers from the burning of the covered bridge (it had … Continue reading

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Historic Wrightsville, Pa., Museum features Civil War displays

The historic town of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, is nestled along the banks of the mile-wide Susquehanna River in eastern York County. Today it has about 2,300 residents, roughly double its size during the American Civil War. Some accounts suggest that this … Continue reading

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September 1862: Horse thieves arrested on Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge

Most of the newspaper articles in the Mid-Atlantic region from mid to late September 1862 focused heavily on the Battle of Antietam/Sharpsburg down in Maryland. York Countians fought there in the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry. Back on the home front, the … Continue reading

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Civil War diorama in Wrightsville depicts Rebel attack on Union militia on Sunday, June 28, 1863

Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, is a small town in eastern York County nestled against the Susquehanna River. During the Civil War, Union forces burned the world’s longest covered bridge to prevent John Gordon’s Georgia Confederate infantry from crossing into Lancaster County. The … Continue reading

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