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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  • The visitor's center provides excellent video on the battle. They let you know why both armies were there, how it all unfolded and the longer term repercussions. Driving the battlefield by car was a r...  more »
  • Went here in March, 2019. Very easy, informative self-driving tour. Leave enough time, at least 3-4 hours to see everything, as well as the museum.  more »
  • This is a wonderfully preserved battlefield with several preserved buildings and a great observation tower. The battlefield guides are very knowledgeable and helpful. I would plan on taking at least a whole day to see all of the highlights and walk the battlefield.
  • I had fun going to the battle of antietam reanactment. i also been to the battlefield itself what huge battlefield it is lots of monuments.Very well maintained! Love the battlefield historians are very helpful about what happen and why it happen. They are so knowledgeable, and are enthusiastic about imparting their knowledge on others. Grounds very well maintained though the clarity of understanding how the battle unfolded by reading the plaques and markers. all the staff at visitors center was super nice. An incredible moving place where you really get the full impact of the battle, a must stop for anyone who visits the battlefield

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