Ambrose Burnside was an Indiana native and a Rhode Island resident. He attended West Point and fought in the Mexican War. He commanded a regiment at the First Battle of Bull Run.At Antietam, he commanded IX Corps, assigned to the southernmost part of the battlefield. His corps was assigned the task of crossing Antietam Creek. After crossing the creek, he pushed the Confederate troops back until A. P. Hill's division, making a 17 mile (27 km) forced march from Harper's Ferry, checked the advance.
He had "...a fantastic set of whiskers describing a double parabola from in front of his ears, down over his chops, and up across his mouth."
Ref.: Foote, S., The Civil War: A Narrative, v. 1. Vintage Books, NY, 1986.
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