Saucks Covered Bridge

June 15, 2016 – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Saucks Covered Bridge also known as Sachs Covered Bridge and Waterworks Covered Bridge was built in 1854 by David Spooner using the Town truss and utilizing one span. The structure is 100 ft. long and 15 ft. wide, and it is only open to foot traffic. The bridge crosses Marsh Creek and is owned by Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association.

Saucks Covered Bridge

Saucks Covered Bridge

The bridge was known as Sauck’s during the Civil War, it was built using oak and pine. The bridge was repaired in 1997 after heavy rains washed the bridge from it’s foundation and carried it approx. one hundred yards downstream.

Saucks Covered Bridge

Saucks Covered Bridge

On July 3rd and 4th, 1863 , the bridge was used by a portion of the Confederate army, in retreat out of Gettysburg, but is said to have been used by both armies during the time of the Gettysburg conflict. Robert E. Lee had split his army into 2 sections, with one headed Northwest toward Cashtown, the other crossed Sauck’s Bridge and headed Southwest.

Saucks Covered Bridge

Saucks Covered Bridge

The bridge is said to have been the site of a triple hanging at one end, and in close proximity to a crude post battle field hospital, the Sauck’s Covered Bridge is a favorite of ghost hunters. SOURCE

Saucks Covered Bridge

Saucks Covered Bridge

It is said that hundreds of confederate wounded soldiers died along the banks of the creek after the Battle of Gettysburg.

Saucks Covered Bridge

Saucks Covered Bridge

I didn’t encounter any apparitions on my visit to this bridge, but I did enjoy the architectural beauty of it.

Saucks Covered Bridge

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