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Catoctin Creek Bridge (old-covered)


1923 image

Photo uploaded by Art S.


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BH Photo #481648


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On September 14, 1862, as the Army of the Potomac’s First Corps, including the 14th Brooklyn, marched toward South Mountain, they came across the wreckage of the previous day’s fighting west of Middletown along Catoctin Creek. In their attempt to slow the Federal pursuit, Confederate cavalry under J. E. B. Stuart torched the bridge carrying the National Road over the stream. Without the bridge, the stream still provided little hindrance to the Union army’s advance. Catoctin Creek “was shallow and easily forded,” remembered Private John Jaques of the 83rd New York Infantry. Stuart’s delaying tactic failed but it was not for a lack of effort.

Nearly twenty-four hours after Confederates set fire to the bridge, members of the First Corps still found it smoldering and burning when they crossed the creek on September 14. When Jaques’ regiment reached the stream, they found members of the 14th Brooklyn working a Middletown fire engine to extinguish the burning bridge.

Many New York firemen dropped their water buckets and ladders in exchange for firearms to douse a different kind of fire in the 1860s–a civil war in America. But these Brooklyn men never forgot their trade even while marching into battle.


Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Catoctin Creek on Old National Pike (Alt 40)
Brookridge North (Middletown), Frederick County, Maryland
No longer exists
Built in 1864 to replace the bridge burned by J.E.B. Stuart on Sept. 13, 1862. Demolished in 1923
Burr arch-truss
Total length: 90.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.45014, -77.56244   (decimal degrees)
39°27'01" N, 77°33'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/279511/4369865 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 90650 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 19, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 15, 2020: New photo from Art Suckewer


  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs