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The year is 1862. The 5th New Hampshire Infantry, under Col. Edward E. Cross, is seen here on May 28th, building one of two Grapevine Bridges across the Chickahominy River in eastern Virginia. The other bridge was constructed by the First Minnesota.

The 5th New Hampshire grapevine bridge was short-lived. Two days later, on May 30, 1862 – torrential rains flooded the Chickamony, knocking out the bridge. However, the First Minnesota risked the raging waters which were rising – and crossed the river, using the bridge they’d just completed. It’s a thrilling story – and here’s a link to an excellent recounting of events surrounding the Grapevine Bridge.

At American Photo Colorizing, our goal is to shred the black & white veil that separates us from the exciting, vibrant lives of those who came before us. It’s time to “Go Color” with your vintage and antique family photos. Your ancestors are counting on you!

Grapevine Bridge - 5th NH Infantry - Chickahominy River, VA (May 1862) (O)

1862 - Chickahominy River, VA - 5th NH Inf.


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