Sachs Bridge was designated as Pennsylvania’s “most historic bridge” is 1938 by the state Bureau of Public Transportation. During the Civil War both Union and Confederate Troops used Sachs Bridge while battling in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This bridge was most notably used as the start of the retreat of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia after the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863.
Covered Bridge was constructed in 1852. The lattice-truss bridge is 100 feet
and crosses a small impoundment of Marsh Creek. During the Civil War, Battle of
Gettysburg, this bridge was used by both Union and Confederate troops. On July 1, 1863 Sachs Bridge was crossed by
two brigades of Union troops, one set of Union troops was headed to Gettysburg
and the other to Black Horse Tavern. Four days later General Robert E. Lee and
his Confederate troops crossed the Sachs Bridge as they began their retreat to
Virginia after the Union victory at the Battle of Gettysburg.
is believed to be haunted and draws crowds of ghost hunters and paranormal
investigators. According to legend, three Confederate soldiers convicted of
being spies were hung from the beams in the covered bridge and their bodies
were found by Union soldiers patrolling the area. Their spirits are said to
still haunt this bridge. Many visitors have claimed that they smelled pipe
smoke while on the bridge. Paranormal
investigators believe that the pipe smoke smell belong to General Robert E. Lee
who retreated across this bridge after the Battle of Gettysburg.
was designated as Pennsylvania’s “most historic bridge” is 1938 by the state
Bureau of Public Transportation. It was closed to traffic in 1968. In 1996 the
bridge sustained major damage from flood waters. The bridge underwent a
$600,000 restoration, $500,000 was provided from Adam’s County and the
remaining $100,000 was raised to make additional improvements to preserve the
bridge. Now the bridge is supported by steel beams and the elevation has been
increased by 3 feet. The bridge was rededicated on July 21, 1997.