|Sachs Bridge, dating from the 1850s, occupied this site during the battle.|
Did you know there’s a beautiful covered bridge just a few miles from the battlefield? Though Sachs Bridge has become a veritable command center for paranormal enthusiasts, it offers more than just creepy vibes. Its appeal is two-fold: beauty and history. As for the beauty, the bridge stretches lazily over Marsh Creek, a great (and quiet) place to picnic, relax, or take a hike . . . literally. So you’ve got a lovely old structure, a peaceful creek, and enough woodland to feel secluded. If you want solitude, make sure to avoid the bridge after dark . . . there are sure to be a goodly number of ghost hunters trekking across the old weathered boards.
|A peaceful view of Marsh Creek|
Concerning history, there’s a ton. Sachs Bridge was constructed in the 1850s (though the modern bridge is more or less reconstructed, with some original material, after floating downstream during a particularly violent flood). It was used by Southern troops retreating from the battlefield and was supposedly close to a field hospital. I’m not exactly sure where said hospital was located. If you can take away the parking lot and modern signage in your mind’s eye, it’s very easy to imagine how the bridge and its environs would have looked in 1863.
COL. EDWARD CLAXTON EDMONDS
38th Virginia Infantry
Born January 21, 1835 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 28
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