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Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge, a viaduct which crosses the Potomac River at Little Falls between Washington and Virginia, played a priminent role in the lives of many Vermont soldiers. The first two bridges on the site were wooden covered bridges; the first one collapsed, the second one burned. The third through fifth bridges were chain suspension bridges. The last one collapsed in 1852 and was replaced by a corssbeam truss structure that was extant during the Civil War. It continues to be referred to as the Chain Bridge up to the present time.





(Two views of the Chain Bridge during the Civil War, both from the Washington, DC side - Wikipedia/Library of Congress)




(Chain Bridge today - Wikipedia)


From the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia, the bridge crosses the Potomac River, some lowlands, and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, and ends at the intersection of the Clara Barton Parkway (where there is parking to access the canal 1/10 of a mile north of the bridge, at Mile Marker 4).


Larger Map/Directions - GPS Coordinates: 38.93,-77.114444

Links to correspondence, reports and biographical sketches refering to the Chain Bridge.

Bailey, Myron W., 3rd VT INF
Barnes, Robert C., 3rd VT INF
Boynton, Emerson A., 3rd VT INF
Chandler, Charles Marcellus, 6th VT INF
Dean, Caspar Honorus, 6th VT INF
Dillingham, Edwin, 10th VT INF
Ellinwood, Eli, 2nd VT INF
Felch, Amanda M. Colburn Farnham, Nurse, 3rd VT INF
Fletcher, Enos, 2nd VT INF, 7th VT INF
French, George Quincy, 3rd VT INF
French, Horace, 3rd VT INF
Giddings, Benjamin F., 17th VT INF, 2nd USSS
Hodge, Freeman Orson, 5th VT INF
Holbrook, Thomas J., 1st USSS
Holmes, C. Hiram, 3rd VT INF, 1st US CINF
Hooker, Heman, 5th VT INF
Howard, Albert W., 11th VT INF
Hulburd, Daniel Campbell, 2nd VT INF
Hulburd, Nathan C., 11th VT INF
Hulburd, William Miller, 4th US ARTY
Hyde, Leo, 3rd VT INF
Johnson, Estelle Serena, Nurse, 4th VT INF
Jones, Jared L., 4th VT INF
Kennedy, Thomas B., 6th VT INF
McDonald, Abel B., USN
McDonald, Anson S., USN, 4th VT INF
McGibbon, James R., USMC, 5th VT INF, USA
Reed, Carolus Alonzo, 3rd VT INF
Rollins, David, 3rd VT INF, 7th VT INF
Scott, William, 3rd VT INF