Landmark bridge at Antietam battlefield in Maryland reopens

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 22, 2014 7:21 AM

(Sharpsburg) -- A stone bridge that played a key role in the Civil War Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland, has reopened to pedestrians after a two-month closure.

Battlefield Superintendent Susan Trail says a chain-link fence running down the center of Burnside Bridge will keep people away from the damaged wall on the upstream side.

The bridge was closed in January after pieces fell into Antietam Creek.

Trail says repairs and an engineering assessment will begin in April. She says she hopes the bridge can be fully reopened this summer.

The triple-arch bridge is popular with photographers.

During the battle on September 17th, 1862, a small force of Confederates held off Union forces commanded by Major General Ambrose Burnside for several hours at the bridge.

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