Pennsylvania Grand Review

Honoring African American Patriots 1865 / 2010

Burning the Wrightsville Bridge

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After invading Pennsylvania and capturing York, Confederates planned to take Harrisburg and possibly Philadelphia. To get there they had to cross the Susquehanna River at Wrightsville. Pennsylvania militiamen from Columbia, on the Lancaster County side of the river, vowed to block the Confederate advance. Union troops retreating from York joined them, as did a company of African American militiamen. They mustered fewer than 1,500 men.

North Front Street, Commons Park, In Grass
YORK, PA, 17368

(Courtesy of Pennsylvania Civil War Trails)

Posted in US Colored Troops Monday, March 22nd, 2010 at 5:13 am.

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