Columbia in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
First National Bank
As the only bridge crossing the Susquehanna between Harrisburg and the Mason-Dixon Line, it attracted canals and railroad lines to Columbia. It also drew the attention of the Confederate Army, which invaded Pennsylvania in June 1863. As the Rebels approached the bridge on June 28, Union troops torched it.
A newspaper published the following statement: “The burning of the bridge… has given rise to a rumor that its loss would have the effect of impairing the credit of the Columbia Bank. This now seems will not be the case, as the structure was destroyed by order of the military authorities, thus making the Government responsible for all loss.” The bank was never reimbursed for its claim of $100,000.
Erected by Pennsylvania Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This Pennsylvania Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 40° 1.846′ N, 76° 30.243′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is at the intersection of South 2nd Street and Locust Street, on the left when traveling north on South 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is located outside the First National Bank Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 170 Locust Street, Columbia PA 17512, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Columbia (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Columbia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Wright (approx. 0.4 miles away); Prelude to Gettysburg / A Desperate Plan (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal (approx. 1.2 miles away); Susquehanna River Water Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Civil War: Burning of the Wrightsville Bridge
Also see . . . First National Bank Museum. (This link presents photos of the bank interior and artifacts.) (Submitted on August 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 7, 8. submitted on September 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.