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Clarendon Bridge 33-26-01#2x

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Burning of Clarendon Bridge, Feb 3, 1909, Fayetteville NC

This is the replacement bridge thought to be of the same Town through truss design. Built after the war destroyed 1909. Fair Use-http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/nc_post/id/1085

http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/nc_post/id/1085

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ncdcr.gov

Confederates Evacuate Fayetteville C A R O L I N A S C A M P A I G N On March 12, 1865, Confederate Gen. Wade Hampton’s cavalry under Gens. Joseph Wheeler and Matthew C. Butler formed the rear guard of Gen. William J. Hardee’s corps as it evacuated Fayetteville. Wheeler deployed artillery and dismounted cavalry on the eastern bank of the Cape Fear River to protect the Clarendon Bridge until the last Confederates crossed, then set it afire. Union Gen. Henry W. Slocum, commanding Gen. William T. Sherman’s Left Wing, had been ordered “to do all that is possible to secure the bridge” as he captured Fayetteville. When Confederate skirmishers delayed Slocum’s lead division as it approached from the west, however, part of Sherman’s Right Wing, with elements of the 15th Illinois Cavalry leading, entered the city first. Hampton and his men held them off in street fighting, then fired the bridge while withdrawing as Union Gen. Giles A. Smith’s infantry division arrived in support. Confederate small arms and artillery fire from the eastern bank held off the Federals until flames engulfed the bridge. Union soldiers “struggled manfully with washtubs of water” to extinguish the fire but without success. Hampton’s cavalrymen abandoned the east bank and marched toward Averasboro twenty-five miles north, while Butler covered routes to the east toward Clinton.-http://www.digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/ref/collection/p15012coll8/...

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Overview
Lost Town lattice through truss bridge over Cape Fear River on Person St
Location
Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina
Status
Destroyed by fire
History
This was the second of three major bridges built in North Carolina by Town. This was the first offical use of the Town lattice truss as it was developed at this time and pat. during this year.
Builders
- Ithiel Town
- Seawell and Co.
Design
Town lattice through truss
Also called
Cape Fear Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.04715, -78.85813   (decimal degrees)
35°02'50" N, 78°51'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/695353/3880369 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
WGCB 33-26-01#2x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 73732 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 18, 2016: New Street View added by Royce and Bobette Haley

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  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com