Friday, April 12, 2013

Burnsides Park in Providence - and Ambrose himself

Local Providence boy who made (semi-) good, Burnsides' name is most widely known for two things: his unique style of whiskers appropriately named "burnsides," and a small bridge spanning Antietam Creek in Maryland, where on a particularly hot day in September of 1862 a fairly large number of Union men went to their death attempting to force a crossing.

 Burnsides is buried, alongside his wife, in Swan Point Cemetery on the east side of the city.

I have no idea what the significance of this is -- perhaps representing the sinking of the state of Rhode Island

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