Sachs Covered Bridge
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Image of Sachs Covered Bridge.

Credit: Courtesy of the Wilson Collection

"Too bad! Too bad! OH! TOO BAD!" General Lee was heart-sick as he explained the repulse of Pickett's Charge to General John D. Imboden late on July 3, 1863. Lee, who came into Pennsylvania with some 80,000 men, lost at least 28,000 on the battlefield of Gettysburg. The Army of Northern Virginia was now crippled, low on food and ammunition, and deep in enemy territory. When Lee's long lines pulled out on July 4, portions of Longstreet's First Corps used Sachs bridge to reach the Fairfield Road. At Fairfield, Lee's army divided and moved through the mountain passes at both Fairfield and Monterey. Once through the mountains, Lee turned his once-mighty Army of Northern Virginia to the south, and headed for the Potomac.

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