Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Ohio Canal” in chapter 5 of Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A.:
... a mile wide at Washington and navigable to that place for the largest vessels.
The only means of crossing the river, except in vessels, are by the Long Bridge, the aqueduct on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal at Georgetown, and the chain bridge above Georgetown.
The Long Bridge is an old wooden structure with at least one draw and perhaps two in it, and could have been easily destroyed by fire, besid...
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