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The Road to Gettysburg: A Bridge Shapes History

Columbia is one of three Susquehanna River Towns, each involved in the war in their own way and each a symbol of the civil resistance that colors the picture of the Civil War in Central Pennsylvania. In June 1863, as Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was set to cross into Columbia to capture Lancaster on its way towards Harrisburg, militia from Columbia along with locals, Union Soldiers, and African American militiamen burned the bridge.  The burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge thwarted one of Lee’s goals for the invasion of Pennsylvania. What was once the longest covered bridge in the world was now just a charred reminder, and a burden that crippled their economy for a decade, but they saved the Union.

Civil War 150 River Towns has events planned to coincide with the anniversary of the burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge during the Civil War.

June 28: Flames Across the Susquehanna

June 29: Historic Wrightsville Walking Tour

June 29: “Emancipation of Slavery” Production

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