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Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Burnside Bridge

 
 
The Burnside Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
1. The Burnside Bridge Marker
Inscription.
Known as the Rohrbach Bridge before the battle, it was renamed for General Ambrose Burnside who commanded the Union soldiers who fought to take this crucial Antietam crossing during the battle. This bridge is one of several bridges that Washington County constructed as part of a project that spanned a 40 year period.

Designed and built by John Weaver at a cost of $2,300, the bridge connected Sharpsburg with Rohrersville, the next town to the south. It was completed in 1836 and was actively used for traffic until 1966. In an effort to preserve the bridge, a bypass was built to take cars across a new bridge upstream. At the same time, the four monuments that had been mounted on the bridge were removed and relocated to the east bank. The wooden coping was restored and the asphalt removed. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Location. 39° 26.967′ N, 77° 43.967′ W. Marker is in Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Old Burnside Bridge Road, in the median. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William McKinley (within shouting distance of this marker); A Crucial Crossing, a Generalís Namesake, a Battlefield Icon
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By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. The Burnside Bridge Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Repulsed Again and Again (within shouting distance of this marker); C.S.A. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); As the Georgians Saw It (about 500 feet away); Witness to History (about 600 feet away); We Showered the Lead Across that Creek (about 600 feet away); 51st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (about 600 feet away); Ninth Army Corps (about 600 feet away); Fifty-First New York Infantry (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil
 
The Burnside Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
3. The Burnside Bridge Marker
The Burnside Bridge Marker<br>Historic Photos of the Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. The Burnside Bridge Marker
Historic Photos of the Bridge
The Burnside Bridge Marker<br>Photo of the Bridge Shortly After the Battle image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
5. The Burnside Bridge Marker
Photo of the Bridge Shortly After the Battle
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6. The Burnside Bridge Marker
President John F. Kennedy toured Antietam on April 7, 1963. He wrote that "Antietam symbolizes something even more important than combat heroism and military strategy. It marks a diplomatic turning point of world-wide consequences. From this point onward our Civil War had a new dimension which was important to the whole course of human history."
The Burnside Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
7. The Burnside Bridge Marker
Just to your right is the McKinley Monument, dedicated to the 24th President. William McKinley was a commissary Sergeant with the 23rd Ohio of Colonel Hugh Ewing's Brigade. During the battle, Sergeant McKinley bravely served the soldiers in his regiments in the fields to your right.

After the war, McKinley served as a Congressman and Governor of Ohio. He was twice elected as President before he was shot by Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York on September 6, 1901. The President survived for eight days before succumbing to his wound on September 14th. Just over a year before his death McKinley was here for the dedication of the Maryland State Monument, near the visitor center.
The Burnside Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
8. The Burnside Bridge
The Burnside Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
9. The Burnside Bridge
The Burnside Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
10. The Burnside Bridge
Antietam Creek image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
11. Antietam Creek
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on September 15, 2016.
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