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The Daily Dispatch: June 19, 1861., [Electronic resource], Ordnance Department, Richmond.Va.,may 26, 1861. (search)
river that they had gone toward Winchester, while other parties suspected that they were going to Martiasburg, to make a stand in that vicinity. At 5 o'clock this morning the Great bridge of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad over the Potomac was fired, and soon after a tremendous report was heard, caused by the explosion of mines under the centre span. In one hour the entire structure was in ruins and fell into the river. This was a noble work, one thousand feet long, built by Engineer Litrobe but ten years since, in the most scientific manner. It had six spans, and was built at heavy outlay. The damage to property has not ended here, but the railroad company and the United States have suffered further losses of valuable works. The trestling on which the road was supported from the bridge to the end of the Government property, about half a mile in extent, is nearly all destroyed, as well as an upper bridge of 120 feet in length over the Government canal. The t