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 much more manageable than Gettysburg but no less significant. You can get disoriented quite easily so a trip to the visitor center is a must. From there and freshly equipped with a map...  more »
  • We love history and visiting historic places. This was fun and took up a lot of the day. Very sobering to see where so many gave their lives during the Civil War.  more »
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  • By far the best Civil war battlefield I've been to. Very informative with well maintained trails and lots to do and see. Would highly recommend to any history or civil war buff, or anyone who likes hiking or wants to learn about the area. Would definitely go back!
  • Hallowed ground. One of the most amazing places to visit in this country. It feels like it could have been only yesterday that the fields were full of bayonets. Very humbling. It is extremely well cared for and expansive. The fields are still farmed and that adds so much to the feel of the place. Well worth a visit and reserve a full day to take everything in.

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