The World’s Longest Covered Bridge That Was Burned During The Civil War

The following article appeared in Harper's Weekly on July 18th, 1863 "On Sunday, the 29th of June, 1863 it was reported that the Confederates were on the turnpike road from York to Columbia Pennsylvania (twelve miles), and were four miles from Wrightsville, at the west end of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge; but as there had been many flying reports no attention was paid to this one, until the citizens of both towns were startled by the firing musketry and artillery. The force of the Confederates was about 2000, including horse, foot and artillery - ours about 1400, composed of infantry and cavalry, without artillery.  The rebels showed themselves well acquainted with the country, and instead of attacking our rifle-pits on the front or west, they appeared from the wooded hills on the north and south. Confederate General John Brown Gordon of Georgia - In 1863, General Gordon led his brigade to the town of Wrightsville in York which was the most eastern point reached by any Confederate force in Pennsylvania during the Civil War.   Our men stood their ground well until six or eight pieces of artillery opened with shot and shell, when they broke and ran for the bridge, which [...]