Gettysburg 2014

“The Last Great Invasion”

We want to thank EVERYONE, Reenactors, Spectators and Staff for a wonderful, smooth running event that was enjoyable, entertaining and worthwhile for each and every person who was able to be at the site this year.

A GREAT BIG “THANK YOU” and we look forward to your presence next year as well.

The weather was beautiful, warm and sunny.  We couldn’t ask for a better time.

Mark your calendar, July 3d, 4th & 5th 2015 for the Annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment.


 The beautiful Sachs Covered Bridge, also known as Sauck’s Covered Bridge and Waterworks Covered Bridge,  is a 100-foot long  “Town truss covered bridge” over Marsh Creek between Cumberland and Freedom Townships. It is one of the highlights of the 151st Gettysburg Anniversary Battle Reenactment that should not be missed.  The bridge built in 1852 for $1544, sits within plain view of the reenactment action with the Eisenhower National Historic Site and the Round Tops in the background. The bridge was also known as the Sauches Covered Bridge at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg. In 1938 the bridge was designated Pennsylvania’s most historic bridge by the PA Department of Highways. It is located next to Gettysburg National Military Park and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

During the Battle of Gettysburg both Union and Confederate troops utilized the bridge. The Federals III Corps used it heading to Gettysburg and so did the Army of Northern Virginia during the battle and their retreat after the Union victory.  After the bridge fell behind the Confederate lines on Seminary Ridge after the First Day, surrounding the bridge were southern soldiers, field hospitals and burial sites, as well as pastures for the Army of Northern Virginia cattle and horses. You will be sharing this ground with these troops when you attend the 151st Gettysburg Battle Reenactment.

The bridges truss design system consists of wooden beams cris-crossed to form a lattice bridge is one of the few remaining Town Truss Bridges in Pennsylvania designed by Connecticut Architect Itheil Town.  The bridge is 100’ long and 15’ wide. It has been closed to vehicular traffic since 1960. In 1996 a flash flood knocked the bridge off its abutments and it incurred substantial damage. A $600,000 restoration by Adams County resulted in the bridge being rededicated in 1997.  The bridge sits beside the Gettysburg Waterworks which supplies fresh water to Gettysburg. Originally constructed in 1894, the water works was rebuilt by the PA Department of Health to supply water for the 1913 veterans reunion.

The Sachs Mill Covered Bridge is one of the most historic, iconic and beautiful settings in Adams County. It is accessible to vehicle and pedestrian traffic from the east (Reenactment side) or west side (Water Works side), with the east side being handicapped accessible.  On your way to or from the 151st Gettysburg Anniversary Reenactment take the time to visit the Sachs Mill Covered Bridge, walk in the footsteps of both armies, take some post card quality photographs and enjoy one of the most beautiful views you will experience on your visit. Last year at the 150TH Gettysburg National Reenactment, The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee donated $10,000 each to five local preservation and patriotic causes. Preservation and repair of the Sachs Mill Covered Bridge was one of the beneficiary’s.


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