View at Great Bridge
Original Author: Benson J. Lossing
Created: ca. 1880
Medium: Prints/Drawings

View at Great Bridge

Benson J. Lossing included this engraving, the site of the 1775 Battle of Great Bridge, in the second volume of his Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution, published in 1852. It shows a wooden bridge, probably about ten feet wide, spanning a fairly narrow waterway. A man stands on the bridge, looking out at the landscape. Like most of the illustrations in the book, it was engraved from his own sketch of the site, drawn in-person while researching the text. Describing the bridge as it appeared in the 1850s, Lossing wrote: “Great Bridge is the name for a comparatively insignificant structure, unless the causeways connected with it may be included in the term.”