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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  • For the site of the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, Antietam National Battlefield sure is pretty, particularly in the fall. We started at the visitor center just outside Sharpsburg, M...  more »
  • We spent a full day here and still didn't get to see everything, but the visitor center provides a comprehensive overview, which is very helpful. Loved that there were hikes throughout the battlefield...  more »
  • Start your tour at the Visitor Center - if your not familiar with the battle watch the short movie. There's a pass fee ($10 per vehicle or $5 individual) to tour the battlefield. My wife and I are hik...  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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