Portrait of Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, officer of the Federal Army


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Portrait of Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, officer of the Federal Army

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Brady's National Photographic Portrait Galleries, photographer

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A half-body glass plate negative portrait of Union Major General
Ambrose Everett Burnside in uniform

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Half-body glass plate negative of General in uniform

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Glass plate negative

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Major General Ambrose Everett Burnside
(1824 - 1881)
Home State: Rhode Island
Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1847
Command Billet: Wing and Corps Commander
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: Ninth (IX) Army Corps
On the Campaign-Commanded the Federal Left Wing at Antietam, which consisted of his own Ninth (IX) Corps and Porter's Fifth (V) Corps. His task was to cross Antietam Creek and roll-up Lee's Right. He began his attack at about 10 AM, but couldn't get across the Lower (now "Burnside's") Bridge and take the heights until about 1 PM. He then paused to reform and rearm his troops, before advancing again on Sharpsburg at about 3 PM. He advanced steadily to near the town until he was stopped and driven back by the counterattack of A. P. Hill (just up from Harpers Ferry) at about 4 PM.

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