Near Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Burning of the Bridge
Confederates wearing captured blue uniforms had killed or wounded several Union skirmishers who had been sent across the Monocacy River to hold the Georgetown Turnpike and B&O Railroad bridges "at all hazards."
The two sides traded shots all morning, but about noon Union Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace could see that the Confederates were about to overwhelm his troops. He ordered the wooden covered bridge set ablaze. Wallace had delayed the enemy, but he also had trapped his own men across the river.
Previously, men of the company had gathered sheaves of wheat from the nearby field, and had stacked them under the bridge's southeast corner. The combustibles were fired ...and the bridge was soon engulfed in flames.
Pvt. Alfred S. Roe, New York Heavy Artillery
Erected by Monocacy National Battlefield
National Parks Service.
Location. 39° 22.154′ N, 77° 23.293′ W. Marker is near Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Urbana Pike (State Highway 355), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located along a walking trail at the Gambrill Mill (stop five on the driving tour of Monocacy Battlefield), which on a lane off the right
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Desperate Escape (within shouting distance of this marker); Monocacy National Battlefield (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Monocacy National Battlefield (about 700 feet away); Gambrill Mill (about 700 feet away); Retreat (about 800 feet away); Monocacy Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gambrill House (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Edgewood (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
More about this marker. A background painting depicts the burning of the Wooden Bridge.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Monocacy. National Parks Service site. (Submitted on November 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Monocacy Battlefield Markers. This marker is among several describing the battle of Monocacy, to "tour" the battlefield see the related markers. (Submitted on November 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,452 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.