Here’s Ranger John Hoptak giving a typically outstanding presentation on Ambrose Burnside’s performance at the Battle of Antietam, specifically on his performance at the bridge that now bears his name. This is from the Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2017 Winter Lecture Series.
The video’s description reads, “Major General Ambrose E. Burnside ranks among the most maligned generals of the American Civil War and much of the criticism leveled against him stems from his actions during the September 17th, 1862, Battle of Antietam, and especially his efforts at storming the Burnside Bridge. But is this popular criticism of Burnside fair? Join John Hoptak for a new look at the role and actions of Ambrose Burnside and the soldiers of his 9th Corps during the war’s Bloodiest Day.