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Our lines halted, and we were tortured with anxiety as we speculated whether our men would charge or retreat. The enemy occupied lines and fences and stone-walls, and their batteries made gaps in the National ranks. Our long-range guns were immediately turned in that direction and we cheered every well-aimed shot. One of our shells blew up a caisson close to the Confederate line. The IX Corps leadership would not remain mere observers for long. After 0910, around the time French's division was assaulting the Sunken Road, Colonel Delos P.

Making matters worse, the potential of both Burnside and Cox to command was seriously impaired. Burnside, according to one historian, became a mere transmitter of McClellan's commands while Cox, because of Bumside's presence, probably felt his liberty to direct the IX Corps constrained. As a result, he proved reluctant to perform certain actions that he might 42 Face Off at Burnside's Bridge have done otherwise such as personally inspecting the Antietam's fords for their suitability as crossing points.

McClellan directed Burnside to carry the bridge and the heights on opposite bank of Antietam and then march on to Sharpsburg and the Confederate rear. According to Cox, Burnside passed the information on to him immediately. Cox hurried from the Rohrbach farm to supervise his troops's bridge assault. The plan for the IX Corps' assault was to have the 440 men of the 11th Connecticut Regiment under Colonel H. W. Kingsbury lead a 47 BURNSIDE'S BRIDGE bridge assault as skirmishers, followed by Colonel George Crook's 2nd Brigade of the Kanawha Division supported by Sturgis's 2nd Division.

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