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

Bridge of Destiny

 
 
Bridge of Destiny Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
1. Bridge of Destiny Marker
Inscription.
"I do not know the name of the creek, but I have named it the creek of death. Such a slaughter I hope never to witness again."
Pvt. George Lewis Bronson, 11th Connecticut Infantry

A Divided Nation - A Divided Family
Union Col. Henry W. Kingsbury (left) and Confederate Gen. David R. Jones (right) married sisters Eva and Rebecca Taylor. At Antietam, Col. Kingsbury, described as a "brilliant, honorable and brave soldier," commanded the 11th Connecticut Infantry that made the first attack on Burnside Bridge. Gen. Jones was nicknamed "Neighbor" Jones for his friendly, outgoing personality. Gen. Jones and the soldiers of his division defended the bridge.

While leading his men, Col. Kingsbury was wounded four times, "suffered great pain during the dressing of his wounds, and survived but twenty-four hours." Four months later, Jones, whose soldiers had killed his brother-in-law, died of a heart attack at age thirty seven.
 
Erected 2009 by Antietam National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 27.047′ N, 77° 43.898′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Old Burnside Bridge
Bridge of Destiny Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Bridge of Destiny Marker
Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located to the east of stop 9 (Burnside Bridge) of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield, along the walking trail east of the bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 21st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (here, next to this marker); 35th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (here, next to this marker); We Showered the Lead Across that Creek (here, next to this marker); 2nd Maryland Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 51st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Witness to History (within shouting distance of this marker); Ninth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ninth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
More about this marker. On the main part of the marker is a photograph of the wall next to the bridge, as it appeared shortly after the battle. Bodies of the men who died attacking the bridge were initially buried along this wall until they were later reinterred. Many of the headstones were simply planks ripped from the Burnside Bridge. On the right are portraits of Gen. Jones and Col.
Bridge of Destiny Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
3. Bridge of Destiny Marker
Kingsbury.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on July 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled "Why Burnside's Bridge?" (Submitted on September 21, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Henry Walter Kingsbury - Find-a-Grave. (Submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. David Rumph Jones. David Rumph Jones (April 5, 1825 – January 15, 1863) was a Confederate general in the American Civil War. (Submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
New Waysides on the East End of Burnside Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
4. New Waysides on the East End of Burnside Bridge
Bridge of Destiny Marker<br>Burnside Bridge in Background image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
5. Bridge of Destiny Marker
Burnside Bridge in Background
Col. Henry Walter Kingsbury (1836-1862) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
6. Col. Henry Walter Kingsbury (1836-1862)
Served as Colonel and commander of the 11th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. He was mortally wounded while leading a charge of his regiment against the Georgians defending Burnside's Bridge at the Battle of Antietam.
Gen. David R. Jones (1825-1863) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
7. Gen. David R. Jones (1825-1863)
At Antietam, his division held the right flank of the Army of Northern Virginia when the Union IX Corps attacked. The strain of campaigning aggravated a longstanding heart condition and Jones died in Richmond, Virginia the following January. He is buried there in Hollywood Cemetery.
Burnside Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
8. Burnside Bridge
The roadbed of the bridge today.
Soldier standing at graves of Federal soldiers, along stone fence, at Burnside Bridge, Antietam, MD image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher
9. Soldier standing at graves of Federal soldiers, along stone fence, at Burnside Bridge, Antietam, MD
Courtesy Library of Congress
Where Soldier was standing at graves of Federal soldiers, along stone fence, at Burnside Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 24, 2009
10. Where Soldier was standing at graves of Federal soldiers, along stone fence, at Burnside Bridge
The view of the same spot today.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 951 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   4. submitted on July 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6, 7. submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   8. submitted on July 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   9, 10. submitted on September 30, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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