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Antietam - Lower Bridge

Septembet 17, 1862

While the fighting was going on at the "Cornfield", action started at the "Lower Bridge".  The lower bridge across the Antietam River represented the far right of Lee's line.The order was given to Union General Burnside to cross the bridge.  This would not be an easy task as the "Georgians" were dug in on the high ground on the far side of the Antietam.  Burnside started his attack about 10:00 a.m., and the bridge was his by 1:00 p.m..  However, Burnside, now halted his troops and took the time to rearm and feed them.

   At about 3:00 p.m. Burnside continued his attack with his 9th Corps.  They were about to turn the Confederates flank when Confederate General A.P. Hill arrived and counter-attacked Burnside's line.  General A.P. Hill stopped Burnside's advance.

The 72nd Penn Zouaves were at Antietam
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   Once darkness fell the fighting stopped.  The two lines had not changed to any great extent, however there were over 22,000 casualties.  The single bloodiest day of the war was over.