Staying on the Antietam blog from the previous post, I am entering the Burnside Bridge for the theme Crossing the Line. In battles, there is always a line that one side is trying to cross and the other is trying to defend. The Burnside Bridge is that line on September 16 – 17, 1862. Despite repeated orders to advance against Lee’s right flank, Major General Burnside’s 12,000 men were held at bay by about 450 to 500 determined Georgians perched on the bluffs overlooking the bridge. The stone for the bridge had been mined from the bluffs overlooking the creek, which left depressions in the hillside forming ready-made rifle pits to fire from in relative safety.
I have attached two photos – one showing the beauty of this simple arched stone bridge, and the other which shows a small portion of the hillside where there Georgians were able to protect the bridge.