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Near Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Burning of the Bridge

 
 
Burning of the Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
1. Burning of the Bridge Marker
Inscription. 12:00 noon July 9, 1864

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
Trail Stop Overlooking the River image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
2. Trail Stop Overlooking the River
side (east) of Urbana Pike. The marker is located on an overlook of the Monocacy River. Marker is in this post office area: Frederick MD 21704, United States of America.
 
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
 
The Marker and the Modern Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
3. The Marker and the Modern Bridge
This photo was taken close to the anniversary of the battle (compared to the photo below of the bridge as seen in the winter).
Present Day Urbana Pike Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 29, 2007
4. Present Day Urbana Pike Bridge
The modern truss bridge crosses the river near where the wooden bridge stood at the time of the battle.
 
 
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.
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