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Iconic Civil War Bridge is Damaged and Closed

Burnside Bridge
Burnside Bridge
Kevin Gilbert -- Herald Mail

The famous Burnside Bridge over the Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, MD was damaged recently when a chuck of the stone arch bridge fell into the creek. It is one of the most iconic bridges of the Civil War.

On September 17, 1862 Major General Ambrose Burnside attempted to cross the bridge with his Union Ninth Corps, a trip that ordinarily would take several minutes. Instead, his troops were harassed by Confederate sharpshooters on the opposing ridge and the crossing took over two hours.

The bridge itself is one of Washington County, Maryland’s twenty-eight stone arch bridges. It was built in 1836 as the Lower or Rohrbach’s Bridge. It is located on Antietam Battlefield National Park.

Park officials are waiting for a break in the weather to access the bridge damage and estimate what it will cost to repair. The bridge remains closed but is expected to be repaired.

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