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Burnside Bridge is a scene that is one of the most dramatic from all Civil War sites. Countless photographers and artists have tried to capture the timeless scene of the graceful stone arches over the quiet waters of Antietam Creek. Union commander Maj. Gen. George McClellan hoped that his IX Corps, under Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside, would sweep against the Rebel right at the same time Hooker and Mansfield were attacking the Rebel left. To do so, Burnside first had to cross over Antietam Creek. Several Union regiments tried attacking over the bridge from 9 AM on - the bridge was held by two stubborn Georgian regiments - 500 Federal and 120 Rebel casualties resulted from the actions at this bridge. It wasn't until 1 PM that the Federals were finally able to push the Georgians aside - several Federal units were also threatening the Georgian rear by using fords further down the creek - fords they probably should have used earlier in the battle. The time won by the Georgians allowed Lee time to recover and meet the new Union threat at a time when fighting was quieting down in the other areas of the battle.
Cross the bridge on the far side and see the regimental monuments put up by Federal survivors - 2nd Maryland, 21st and 23rd Massachusetts, 11th Connecticut, 51st Pennsylvania (one of two units that hav two monuments here at Antietam) and 51st New York - the latter two regiments who finally stormed the bridge in tandem.