Tucked away in pastoral western Maryland countryside, Antietam National Battlefield was the site of the bloodiest day of the ... More
Antietam National Battlefield
Tucked away in pastoral western Maryland countryside, Antietam National Battlefield was the site of the bloodiest day of the Civil War, September 17, 1862. More than 23,000 Confederate and Union soldiers were killed or wounded during the battle. The landmarks—Burnside Bridge, Dunkard Church and Bloody Lane—remain largely intact. The Union victory at Antietam provided President Lincoln with the opportunity to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in the Confederate states and empowered the Union with moral authority. Antietam is about 90 minutes northwest of Washington and 9 miles south of Hagerstown, Maryland. The site opens to the public daily at 8:30 a.m.
We visited several battlefield sites on our fall tour in 2005 and this one was by far the best. They had the best guides and rangers.
They have done a great job keeping the integrity of the area. YOu must visit here also if you are planning on going to Gettysburg.
This IS the place to go if you're a Civil War buff or you have school children or if you're human because this place will open your eyes to what the word sacrifice means.
I bought a tour book with audio CD at the visitors center for $20.00 and it made for a nice trip. They also have a guided tour in which you drive your car and follow the guide.
Nothing shouts out the horror of war better than Antietam. Such bravery and so many dead. This is one of those places where you feel and hear the brave souls that fell here. The Sunken Road and The Cornfield will have you in tears. Not near as many monuments as Gettysburg so you get a better feeling of how things were.
I took in Harpers Ferry the same day so had to rush at both places. I will do back and the next time I will spend a day at both places.
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