#29 Bridge of Doom Rustburg, Virginia August 15, 1862


Rustburg, Va. August 15, 1862

DYNAMITED BRIDGE BRINGS DEATH TO 17

An old wooden bridge across Pawannee Creek was blasted by dynamite by the Confederates this evening, bringing death to 17 Union soldiers. The victim's bodies were hurled through the air as the structure was torn apart by the explosion. Several bodies have been recovered from the creek, but identification has been impossible. Half of the troops had crossed the bridge earlier in the evening. The blast attracted their attention and they returned quickly to the creek only to see the remains still glowing fiercely. One of the survivors who had just started out on the bridge said, "It was sheer horror. Right in front of my eyes I saw my comrades being blown up. They flew through the air like twigs in a hurricane. I'll never forget the awful moment."