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Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg

Categories: National Parks, Historic Walking Areas, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 900+ 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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  • Fee $5 per person, or $10 per car. Auto tour map available . Interesting artifacts from battle in small museum. Gift shop was small, didn't offer much. Beautiful countryside. A 29min. Video is offered...  read more »
  • Fantastic mixture of museum, memorial and beauty spot. The field is preserved pretty much as it was on that fateful day in 1862. You can almost smell the gunpowder and hear the cry of the men. The mas...  read more »
  • I read that this is not as commercialized as Gettysburg is and that was true. It is a very expansive park with a good tour map and a route that is well marked. Ranger gave an overview upstairs in a ro...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Beautiful setting but such historical significance. 23,000 people lost their lives in just one single day. Birth place of the Red Cross. And they put on a spectacular event for the 4th of July!!
  • This quiet and remote battlefield – a monument to the sacrifices made in a war that now seems so distant – is highly recommended as a place to visit for anyone with an interest in American history. The park is beautifully maintained and there is clear respect for what happened here. Historical information abounds; signs, statues, and relics all tell the tale. One can spend a day hiking the trails amid the mix of forest and open farmland with the blue mountains of western Maryland rolling away into the distance; or, stop by the visitor’s center on the north end of the park to see a historical movie, talk with rangers, and gain a better perspective on what happened here. About the only recommendation I have is to improve the signage that directs people to the visitor’s center when approaching from the east (Boonsboro); when coming from that direction, the visitor’s center was tricky to find.
  • The battlefield is pivotal in Lee's first northward campaign, and the whole field is owned by the NPS. It's a compact, meaningful battle that can be surveyed easily and understood readily. And it struck me, really hard. It's a good experience for a history buff.
  • Some of the Bloodiest Battles during the war. Check out the Clara Barton memorial. One of the pictures is of the Medal of Honor winner Bugler John Cook.
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