Near Munfordville in Hart County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
L&N Railroad Bridge
The bridge’s true importance became evident in 1861, as the armies of the Union and Confederacy sought control of the vital rail lines. This railroad bridge was the link that could draw northern forces south. In an odd turn of fate, in August 1861 when General Simon Bolivar Buckner received instructions to destroy the bridge, the Keys, who had joined Buckner’s rebel force, were detailed to set and blow the charges, dropping two spans into the river to prevent the Union from using the bridge.
Three battles and five years of continuous military occupation followed, all for defense of the bridge. But the war would end, and trains would continue, and the stone piers that bore witness to the conflict still support the bridge today.
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Albert Fink, a German immigrant and civil engineer, devised a type of bridge truss known as the
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Plumb-bob used by John W. Keys and sons in building the bridge piers.
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During occupation, armies would lay floors across the bridge’s rails to allow men, horses and wagons to cross in great numbers.
Erected by Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve.
Location. 37° 15.522′ N, 85° 53.467′ W. Marker is near Munfordville, Kentucky, in Hart County. Marker can be reached from Charlie Dowling Road 0.3 miles north of S. Dixie Highway (U.S. 31W). Click for map. Marker is Stop #4 on the Battlefield Loop (Walking) Trail at the Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve; the above directions are to the trailhead. Parking is available at the Anthony Woodson Farm of the Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve, which is directly east of the trailhead, but is accessed from S. Dixie Highway (US 31W) 0.3 miles north of its intersection with Charlie Dowling Road. Marker is in this post office area: Munfordville KY 42765, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Munfordville: Siege Fort Craig (about 700 feet away); Battle of Munfordville: Day 1 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Munfordville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kentucky and the Western War (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Raider (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anthony Woodson Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Woodson Farm (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Munfordville.
More about this marker. The marker includes a watermark drawing of a train crossing the bridge and a portrait drawing of Albert Fink.
Also see . . .
1. Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve. Official website for the preserve. (Submitted on September 8, 2015.)
2. The Green River Bridge at Munfordville. From the Bridgehunter.com website. (Submitted on September 8, 2015.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil •
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