Burnside’s Bridge is a landmark on the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland. During the Battle of Antietam of the Civil War, the bridge played a key role in September of 1862 when a small number of Confederate soldiers from Georgia for several hours held off repeated attempts by elements of the Union Army to take the bridge by force. The Federals seized it but not before the attack was delayed for several hours beyond what Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside had expected. The bridge now bears Burnside’s name.
KeywordsUnion, Civil War, confederates, battle of antietam, antietam creek, Burnside's Bridge, Major General Ambrose Burnside
Charles Carleton Coffin Drum-Beat of the Nation (New York, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1915)