Pontoon Bridges

Pontoon Bridges (HM2KX)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22405
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.493', W 77° 27.379'

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At Fredericksburg, the Union army crosseed the Rappahannock River by means of temporary, floating bridges built upon pontoons. In front of you is a reconstructed section of such a bridge, built to eighty percent of its original size. More than 30,000 Union soldiers crossed the two bridges that spanned the river below you.

Under ideal conditions skilled engineers could construct a bridge in a couple of hours. First, they would row or pole pontoon boats into the river. Then they would connect the boats by means of large side rails known as bulks. Wooden boards, called chesses, placed across the bulks as flooring completed the bridges. Engineers staked the bridge to the shore and dropped anchors in the river to steady it against the force of the current.
HM NumberHM2KX
Year Placed2007
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 5:26pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285232 N 4242867
Decimal Degrees38.30821667, -77.45631667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.493', W 77° 27.379'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 29.58" N, 77° 27' 22.74" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Chatham Dr, Fredericksburg VA 22405, US
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