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Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg

(4.8/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
Commemorating the significant Battle of Antietam during the American Civil War, Antietam National Battlefield is a protected area featuring the battlefield, an educational visitor's center, a field hospital museum, and a National Military Cemetery. Beginning on September 17, 1862, Union forces halted the Confederate Army's first invasion of the North, which led to President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Later, it became known as one of the bloodiest single-day battles of the Civil War, with 23,000 casualties. You can take a self-guided, 13.7 km (8.5 mi) driving tour of the battlefield. It features 11 stops. You may purchase an audio tour to accompany your drive if you wish. Plan to visit Antietam National Battlefield during your Sharpsburg vacation using our convenient Sharpsburg tourist route planner.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I took a day trip to this national park. The history is undeniable, and the Parks department has done a fantastic job of keeping the history of the battlefield. Walking the ground and seeing the monum...  more »
  • The size and scope of the battlefield is well presented. This is a large, well preserved area. Much to see and ponder. Easy access and a great visitor center 
  • Although I am not a history buff, thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the battlefield. Definitely recommend the ranger 30 minute talk before walking and driving the grounds. It will provide you a great ov...  more »
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  • Nice clean park, the driving tour is off the main roads, everyone was nice at the main office. Only complaint was the CD that came with the field book sort of babbled about other stuff and didn't really focus on what happened at the spot you were at, so I'm still not quite sure how and why the battle developed as it did. I would give it a big ole 5 if it had a Gettysburg-quality auto CD.
  • A must visit for anyone interested in American history. It has the size and impact of Gettysburg without the large crowds. An incredibly important battle in the war, the field has been wonderfully maintained and recreated. The area is also stunning in its beauty with the quaint little town of Sharpsburg nearby. Camp along the Potomac at Antietam Creek Campgrounds for an immersive realistic experience. The campsite is a few minutes drive from the battle and is located only a few yards from where the Confederate Army crossed the river prior to the battle.
  • Somber, sobering and sadly beautiful. I shed more than one tear for the soldiers and civilians who died. Majestic beyond measure.
  • Should be required visit for all kids in school. You can spend 2 hours or two days and not run out of monuments to visit and things to learn. They have a great companion app for your phone that lets you get info based on where you are.... very cool!
  • Surreal place to visit. A must see to grasp what our country went through to ensure a better life for people.