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Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg

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Battlefield Historic Walking Area
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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  • If you are like me and don't know a lot about the battle, start with the video (narrated by James Earl Jones) in the visitors center. Highlights of the auto tour were the observation tower and the Bur...  more »
  • I was deeply touched by visiting this Civil War battlefield. So much death and carnage. You get a real deep feeling of awe and honor and respect while walking around. You can also drive around the par...  more »
  • Was surprised to learn so much about this battle. It was considered the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Climbing up to look over the fields imprints a memory of what it must of looked like, but mor...  more »
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  • I could spend a week here, at least. The visitor's center itself is remarkable with a great little museum complemented by a small history theatre and giftshop. The prices are not bad at all and the staff is friendly, professional and come off as kind folk who truly enjoy their jobs/roles in the local historic community. And if you're visiting, definitely make sure to pick up a copy of the Auto Tour. It is narrated really well (not at all boring) and will enhance your experience by 10 fold.
  • Very informative and educational. It's different learning of a battle through books vs being there. Can incorporate the vantage points and thought processes.
  • It's great everyone go out of there way to make you stay great. Rooms are huge and very nice with everything you need
  • Great, friendly and helpful staff. Very informative documentary movie at the visitor's center. They had a 2 CD tour set to put in your car's player as you drive around the battlefield area. It would guide you to various locations around the park where you could stop and listen to the stories and then get out to take photos. I highly recommend for anyone but especially for a war history buff.
  • Very interesting park and the rangers are welcoming and informative. Pick a cool day and enjoy the sights.

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