Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Burnside Bridge
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. Touch 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 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • War, US Civil •
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