Bridge of Destiny

Bridge of Destiny (HMDO7)

Location: Sharpsburg, MD 21782 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 27.047', W 77° 43.898'

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"I do not know the name of the creek, but I have named it the creek of death. Such a slaughter I hope never to witness again."
Pvt. George Lewis Bronson, 11th Connecticut Infantry

A Divided Nation - A Divided Family

Union Col. Henry W. Kingsbury (left) and Confederate Gen. David R. Jones (right) married sisters Eva and Rebecca Taylor. At Antietam, Col. Kingsbury, described as a "brilliant, honorable and brave soldier," commanded the 11th Connecticut Infantry that made the first attack on Burnside Bridge. Gen. Jones was nicknamed "Neighbor" Jones for his friendly, outgoing personality. Gen. Jones and the soldiers of his division defended the bridge.

While leading his men, Col. Kingsbury was wounded four times, "suffered great pain during the dressing of his wounds, and survived but twenty-four hours." For months later, Jones, whose soldiers had killed his brother-in-law, died of a heart attack at age thirty seven.
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HM NumberHMDO7
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Year Placed2009
Placed ByAntietam National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 2:30pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264953 N 4370364
Decimal Degrees39.45078333, -77.73163333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 27.047', W 77° 43.898'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 27' 2.82" N, 77° 43' 53.88" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Union Advance Trail, Sharpsburg MD 21782, US
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