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.
Antietam National Battlefield reviews
The battlefield is very well maintained. Despite Covid, Rangers are on site to answer questions and give out the brochures. The Auto tour is nice, but the park is small enough to do a great bike... more »
Antietam is a nice battlefield out in the middle of nowhere. Such a peaceful scene admits where so many lives were lost. When the park is not crowded, like it was the day I visited, it is easy to... more »
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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