Columbia honors Civil War heroes such as those who burned Wrightsville bridge

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.

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