Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg

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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. Our Sharpsburg trip planner makes visiting Antietam National Battlefield and other Sharpsburg attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We stopped for a day at Antietam Battlefield on July 5th. It is just an hour south of Gettysburg. I would highly recommend visiting Antietam also if you are visiting Gettysburg. The visitor center is....  more
    We stopped for a day at Antietam Battlefield on July 5th. It is just an hour south of Gettysburg. I would highly recommend visiting Antietam also if you are visiting Gettysburg. The visitor center is....  more »
  • We had a great guide Matt, who knew his history. There is much to see and understand as the tour winds through the battlefields. 
    We had a great guide Matt, who knew his history. There is much to see and understand as the tour winds through the battlefields.  more »
  • I always wonder why Antietam tends to be forgotten by tourists. It is a remarkable moment in the course of U.S. history. Whether you are a novice or a history buff, I would suggest taking a guided.....  more
    I always wonder why Antietam tends to be forgotten by tourists. It is a remarkable moment in the course of U.S. history. Whether you are a novice or a history buff, I would suggest taking a guided.....  more »
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  • A must visit for American History enthusiasts! Definitely worth the $10 price of admission. There are many monuments dedicated to troops from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, etc. and just a handful of Confederate monuments. Antietam reminds me of a smaller Gettysburg which is a good thing because the landscape isn’t overwhelmed with too many monuments and memorials. The visitor center was in a temporary building as the new visitor center will be up in the fall of 2022. They have a Junior Ranger program for the kids. I’d recommend at least two days here but a lot can be covered with the driving tour. The battlefields are very well maintained. Make sure to visit Burnside Bridge and the Observation Tower!
  • I love going to this Battlefield. Go here many times while also going to Gettysburg. I enjoy this one more, as I feel it has not been commercialized at much as Gettysburg. Great place to enjoy the fields and be quiet and listen for the echoes of what happened here those many years ago.
  • I only saw things from a distance as I was with my friend and her sleeping baby. I stayed in the car with him while she got pictures. It was nice to read the pamphlet while she was getting pictures. A lot of history I didn't even know about. Done very nicely, my only complaint is that I paid the entrance fee only to find out that the whole thing was on public roads and could be done without ever going to the visitor center. I feel they shouldn't charge for something that anyone can do without paying. I definitely understand charging as there is a lot of upkeep, but it's hard on the honest people when it's so easy to be dishonest here.
  • If you know what happened and where it happened the place is awesome. Take time to see the off beat places like the GA rifle pits above the bridge. Millers Cornfield is a very Humbling place. Just remember you are visiting the site of the single deadliest day in American History.
  • Extremely well done as far as teaching about the battle- a lot set up by the war college. One of the best ran battlefields I’ve seen. Visitors center under construction but ya

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