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“Ranger Lead Hike”
Review of Burnside's Bridge

Burnside's Bridge
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Sharpsburg
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Naugatuck, Connecticut
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6 reviews
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“Ranger Lead Hike”
Reviewed 19 April 2013

Informative and provided excellent perspective of the size and difficultly of the battlefied. We started at the confederate position and then walked the union advance.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Allerton11
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“Very sad place”
Reviewed 17 April 2013

There are very good information boards here at both sides of the bridge, make sure you visit both sides and you can understand the strength of the southern defences and the open ground the north kept crossing to try and dislodge the south.

no wonder so many casualties occurred here.

visit it as part of the battlefield tour.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank fozzie555
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful but sad”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

This lovely spot is where so many lost their lives, but is so peaceful now. You can drive and trek or just walk or cycle there. Visit the Antietam Battlefield visitor centre first to get a flavour of the site.

Visited April 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Part of Antietam National Battlefield - Bridge Crosses Antietam Creek”
Reviewed 7 April 2013

This is one of the not to be missed sites at the Antietam National Battlefield (see my separate review).

This bridge was held by 500 Confederate soldiers (in the upper area) looking down on the bridge as thousands of Union troops tried to cross the bridge (marching four across). The Union General Burnside had been ordered to cross the bridge and taking the order too literally resulted in a massive casualties when the Union troops could have forded the creek away from the Confederate troops. As our guide described it, from the Confederate higher perspective, it was like "shooting fish in the barrel". The Union troops finally prevailed and crossed the bridge, but it took them over 3 hours and a great unneeded loss of life.

General Burnside was not famous for his military strategy, but rather for this folly and for his large side - burns! His name is the origination of the term side-burns.

Visited March 2013
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