Burning of the Bridge

Burning of the Bridge (HM1KC)

Location: Frederick, MD 21704 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 22.154', W 77° 23.293'

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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
HM NumberHM1KC
Placed ByMonocacy National Battlefield
National Parks Service
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 12:41am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 294267 N 4360472
Decimal Degrees39.36923333, -77.38821667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 22.154', W 77° 23.293'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 22' 9.24" N, 77° 23' 17.58" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4823 Urbana Pike, Frederick MD 21704, US
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