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
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.