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Bridge at Antietam closed after wall falls

Saturday - 1/18/2014, 9:07am  ET

SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) -- The National Park Service says part of a stone wall of the Burnside Bridge at Antietam National Battlefield has fallen into Antietam Creek.

The agency said Friday that it has temporarily closed the pedestrian bridge. Engineers will evaluate the bridge next week.

Burnside Bridge is considered one of the best known historic structures at Antietam. It served a key role in the Battle of Antietam when a small force of Confederates defending the critical crossing over Antietam Creek held off Ambrose E. Burnside's 9th Corps for several hours.

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