Nov 15, 2010

Columbia honors Civil War heroes

(YDR) As Confederate forces were advancing through York County in 1863, four Columbia citizens were ordered by a Union colonel to burn down the bridge that connects the borough with Wrightsville.
The bridge burning -- the concrete piers remain in the Susquehanna River -- stopped the Rebel soldiers in Wrightsville; they eventually headed south to Join Gen. Robert E. Lee's forces in Gettysburg. The four men -- John Q. Denny, John Lockard, Jacob Miller and Jacob Rich -- were honored Sunday at Locust Street Park in Columbia with a ceremony that included planting a Liberty Elm tree. Continued