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figuresales01 Jun 2018 9:06 a.m. PST

Can anyone tell me whether the points at which the Warrenton Turnpike crossed Young's Branch were fords or wooden "bridges".
The maps I can find show the crossing points but do not categorise them (unlike the Bull Run crossings which are all identified)

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2018 10:55 a.m. PST

I doubt there would have been bridges. I don't recall any in my readings.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2018 3:21 p.m. PST

Page 199 of Bull Run: Its Strategy and Tactics describes Young's Branch as, "a small stream of no importance…"

firstvarty197901 Jun 2018 6:21 p.m. PST

Unless it's been raining a lot! link

figuresales02 Jun 2018 1:37 a.m. PST

Thanks for the replies.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 4:12 a.m. PST

A google search for '1st Bull Run maps' brings up a lot of good stuff. A few that i looked at seem to show the road crossing Young's branch with no bridges. Perhaps just small culverts? One also seems to indicate that the Turnpike makes a notable 'cut' through Henry house Hill. Can't say I remember reading anything about that.

figuresales24 Jun 2018 3:57 a.m. PST

A bit more digging around on the topography of the battlefield resulted in this video:

YouTube link

Very good views of the various rivers and crossings.

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