Rusty Dennen covers military affairs and the environment for The Free Lance-Star. .
Army Guard engineers help with river-crossing re-enactment
Some local Virginia Army National Guard soldiers will be peripherally involved in the weekend’s Civil War observance of the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg. Soldiers from the Guard’s Bowling Green-based 189th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, are building a floating bridge across the river on Friday so re-enactors can cross during events on Saturday. It’s a training mission, with a side of history. They’ll place the bridge sections in the Rappahannock at Little Falls Run landing on the Stafford side, and push them upstream by boat to the City Dock where they’ll assembled. The 300-foot span will temporarily link the Fredericksburg waterfront and Ferry Farm. The 276th Engineer Battalion, the higher headquarters of the 189th, traces its lineage back to the Confederate 1st Virginia Regiment. Read more about the Guard project here.