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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  • Antietam is a pivotal battle in American history and has been well preserved. The field is large, so you’ll drive between key points along the battlefield, progressively following the action through....  more
    Antietam is a pivotal battle in American history and has been well preserved. The field is large, so you’ll drive between key points along the battlefield, progressively following the action through....  more »
  • About 13 miles (but seems like 30-40 because traveling on skinny curvy mountain roads at 25-35 mph). Anyway, picturesque ride to get there. I'd of given it 5 stars but honestly pretty good walk to... 
    About 13 miles (but seems like 30-40 because traveling on skinny curvy mountain roads at 25-35 mph). Anyway, picturesque ride to get there. I'd of given it 5 stars but honestly pretty good walk to...  more »
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  • The guided tour was ✨amazing✨ and I learned so much! The best part about it was the guide who was so great at his delivery of information that we (me and my father) were thoroughly entertained the whole time. I'll suggest to others that may be thinking about getting a guided tour to definitely go ahead and do it. It's an investment and you will not be let down, every single ranger and guide in this park knows more than you'd even think to ask. Our guide had a sheet that broke down damages claimed by the farmers and converted it into what the cost was in today's money―it was so thorough. The park itself is beautifully maintained with active restoration efforts being made constantly. I have so far visited this location three times and I have always seen improvements being made to either the monuments, the visitor's center or the park itself. There is also a huge bonus to birders out there! Antietam has an amazing bird population with a nest box program to aid the swallows and help control the many insects common to farmlands. If you're interested in the US Civil War, want to support preservation efforts and just want to have a nice quiet day of learning in a beautiful environment, come here. Come here and spend all your money on the tour and at the gift shop. That's exactly what I did and I have no regrets.
  • 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!

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