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Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg

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Historic Walking Area National Park
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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  • Antietam is everything Gettysburg isn't in a very good way. There is no commercialization at Antietam, there is a McDonald's across the street from the cemetery , there isn't a souvenir shop every 10 ...  more »
  • Spent the whole day driving, walking and visiting. See the movie before going, spend time with the guide on the second floor, they give many details, spend time in the gift shop, learn about it before...  more »
  • There is a lot to learn about history at Antietam. It is mostly a driving tour, where you drive from one location to another, reading plaques. The plaques do a good job of capturing the devastating go...  more »
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  • Very informative and educational. It's different learning of a battle through books vs being there. Can incorporate the vantage points and thought processes.
  • 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.
  • 23,000 soldiers killed in about 14 hours. That's 1 death every 5 seconds or 4 times the number killed on D-day. Unimaginable. Life changing.
  • A great place to visit. Do the auto tour and you will not be sorry.
  • Very historical battle between the states. Nice visitors center with a film given an overview of the battle. We walked parts of it but it's a hike. Very auto friendly.