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While Union General Ambrose Burnside had his share of successes during the American Civil War, he was also responsible for several spectacular failures. At the Battle of Antietam in 1862, he sent large numbers of men across a narrow bridge (now called Burnside Bridge), where they were easy targets for Confederate gunners, even though the river was only waist-deep and could be easily forded. At Fredericksburg a few months later, he ordered a suicidal charge that left 1,284 soldiers dead. At Petersburg in 1864, a tunnel was dug beneath the enemy trenches and filled with explosives that were then detonated, creating a large crater. Burnside then ordered troops into the crater, where they were trapped and picked off by Confederates. Abraham Lincoln remarked on the last incident, "Only Burnside could have managed such a coup, wringing one last spectacular defeat from the jaws of victory."
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