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“Beautiful old bridge”
Review of Burnside's Bridge

Burnside's Bridge
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Sharpsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Owings Mills, Maryland
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174 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Beautiful old bridge”
Reviewed 11 August 2013

Definitely worth seeing. Seeing it makes the history of the Antietam battle come alive. The bridge is one of the sites on the self-guided auto tour.

Visited August 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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2,835 reviews
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“All this and sideburns, too”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

Burnside's Bridge was the site of one of the most significant battles at Antietam. It was named after Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who made sideburns famous. Unfortunately, he didn't earn a favorable reputation at the bridge named in his honor. The bridge is at the end of the Antietam tour, the last skirmish in a day-long battle that saw more than 20,000 soldiers killed or wounded, the single bloodiest day in the history of the United States, bloodier than D-Day. The stone bridge, which stands today as it did in 1862, crosses Antietam creek. It offered Burnside a way to circle Lee's flank and destroy the Confederate army. Only a few hundred Georgian troops dug in on a hill overlooking the bridge stood in Burnside's way. But they prevented the Union troops from crossing the bridge for the longest time. Finally across, Burnside's troops were stopped cold by A.P. Hlll's Light Division, who marched 17 miles in eight hours from Harper's Ferry. Stand on the hill today, then walk down to the bridge and experience how it was on that bloody day in 1862.

Visited July 2013
Thank Taylor B
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Fort Wayne
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152 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2013

It was hot the day we toured the battlefield but I had to see and cross over the bridge. It was a VERY long walk from the parking lot around and down the hill especially for someone 67 years old with foot walking problems. It took us awhile and I huffed and puffed all the way coming back up the hill but now that I am home I can say i did it. The area is nicely kept up as is the entire battlefield.

Visited June 2013
Thank David H
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Greeneville, Tennessee
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A "bridge too far."”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

This tiny bridge, painstakingly preserved, is probably the most famous bridge in American military history. When you stand on the high ground where the small number of Georgians faced off against Burnside's Corps, you can easily see how they held them at bay for hours. Walking across that narrow bridge looking up at that ridge, you can totally appreciate the courage it took for the Union troops to keep going, row on narrow row, into the Confederate volley. Wow!

Visited July 2013
Thank John S
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Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Burnside bridge”
Reviewed 25 July 2013

Very well known civil war structure. Great end of the tour. Quite a hike down to the bridge and back, not for the timid, but worth the trip.puts a little perspective on the struggle that he soldiers had to endure

Visited July 2013
Thank Mark M
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