Battle of Antietam

Second Attempt
©John Paul Strain
1862 Sep 17 12:00

Second Attempt

Burnside's Bridge (Lower Bridg

While Rodman's division was out of touch, slogging toward Snavely's Ford, Burnside and Cox directed a second assault at the bridge by one of Sturgis's brigades, led by the 2nd Maryland and 6th New Hampshire. They rushed to the bridge via a nearby farm road but was stopped by the Georgia sharpshooters before getting halfway to the bridge and their attack fell apart.[35] By this time it was noon, and McClellan was losing patience. He sent a succession of couriers to motivate Burnside to move forward. He ordered one aide, "Tell him if it costs 10,000 men he must go now." Toomb's 450 Georgians held off 14,000 Union attackers.


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