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General Samuel Sturgis: Hero of Antietam's Burnside Bridge

Shippensburg Civil War Trail

 
 
General Samuel Sturgis: Hero of Antietam's Burnside Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2018
1. General Samuel Sturgis: Hero of Antietam's Burnside Bridge Marker
Inscription.

Samuel D. Sturgis, born in Shippensburg in 1822, was the son of hat-shop operator "Squire" James Sturgis who later constructed this elegant Greek Revival dwelling. After graduating from West Point in 1846, Samuel Sturgis served under General Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War and saw extensive service in the Civil War. At the Battle of Antietam in 1862, General Sturgis commanded the Second Division of the federal Ninth Corps under General Ambrose Burnside. During this engagement, Burnside repeatedly ordered his men to charge across a 12-foot wide bridge spanning the Antietam Creek defended by 500 Confederates. After several failed attempts to secure the bridge, it was men under Sturgis's command, the 51st New York and 51st Pennsylvania Regiments, who finally took the bridge and secured the opposing shore (after being promised to have their whiskey ration restored). Following Antietam, Sturgis held several commands in the West. He retired to Minnesota in 1886, where he died in 1889. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Samuel Sturgis's son, 2nd Lt James G. Sturgis, also pursued a career as a professional soldier. He served with the 7th Cavalry, Troop E, under George Armstrong Custer, and was killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876. At the time of his death, the commander of the

General Samuel Sturgis: Hero of Antietam's Burnside Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2018
2. General Samuel Sturgis: Hero of Antietam's Burnside Bridge Marker
At the Squire Sturgis House
7th Cavalry was his father, Samuel D. Sturgis, who had left Custer in command while he was away on recruiting duty.

[Bottom left photo caption reads] Burnside Bridge
 
Erected by Shippensburg- Historical Society, Borough Historical Architectural Review Board, Chamber of Commerce, University, et al.
 
Location. 40° 3.019′ N, 77° 31.263′ W. Marker is in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on King Street (U.S. 11) west of Earl Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 West King Street, Shippensburg PA 17257, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. White-Washed in the Nick of Time: The Union (Sherman House) Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Occupation of Shippensburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Rebel Headquarters in Shippensburg, June 24-27, 1863 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lifeline of the Valley: The Cumberland Valley Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Residence of George H. Stewart, Sr. (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mc Lean House

Brig. Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis,<br>Officer of the Federal Army image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
3. Brig. Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis,
Officer of the Federal Army
by Brady's National Photographic Portrait Galleries between 1860 and 1865.
(about 800 feet away); Shippensburg (approx. ¼ mile away); Galen J. Karper (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shippensburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Shippensburg Civil War Trail. (Submitted on July 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Samuel Davis Sturgis Bio. (Submitted on July 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Samuel Davis Sturgis Bio. (Submitted on July 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Burnside Bridge. (Submitted on July 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Antietam - Burnside's Bridge - September 17, 1862 (12PM–1PM) Map. (Submitted on July 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Squire Sturgis House Date Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2018
4. Squire Sturgis House Date Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 97 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on July 12, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on July 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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