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Railroad bridges.

Underneath this picture of the army trestle (seen from down-stream on the second page preceding) is reproduced a panoramic view of the Chattahoochie Bridge — the most marvelous feat of military engineering to date (July, 1864). It was 800 feet long, nearly 100 feet high, and contained about twice as much timber as was required for the “beanpole and cornstalk bridge,” shown on page 272. It was completed in four and a half days, from the material in the tree to the finished product. This would be record time even now.

Military train on the Cumberland ravine trestle-below, the Chattahoochie bridge

An 800-foot railroad bridge built in four and one-half days


 

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