Antietam National Battlefield

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5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, MD, USA

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Antietam visit during the Fall Oct 25, 2010
On a recent trip to Washington DC, i was on my way back home on I-79 and saw the sign for 'Antietam National Battlefield'. I had an instant thought that it would be cool to see and made a split second decision to get off at the exit.

About 10 miles away off the Interstate, Antietam appears like country cornfields, farms except the history of this land has shaped America's history as one of the bloodiest battles that no other war have Americans lost their lives.

Antietam for the non-history or war buff requires a lot of reflection on the significance of what occured there. highly recommend doing a quick run through of Museum and if you have 20 bucks to burn purchase a CD Audio tour of the Antietam battlefield and it will guide you and your vehicle from the parking lot to the endpoint. or if you want an inexpensive way, go on Itunes or download some sort of program that is about the Antietam battlefield.

I'm not exactly sure how long it would take you to completely stop and see everything but i was there for an hour and half.

If you have time to kill and are in the area, i recommend visiting this sacred place once in your lifetime. You'll feel nastalgia from way back in your American History class when the civil war was covered and you either paid attention or feel asleep, but a visit to Antietam should revatilzed the interest again, highly recommended for the History buffs
by the entrance
Tour stop 1
second stop
imagine this whole field littered …
gejah says:
i liked this tour very much!
Posted on: Oct 26, 2010
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Andy99 Andy99
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A Civil War turning point at Antietam Mar 03, 2001
Antietam National Battlefield park commemorates a significant and costly event in the Civil War. On September 17, 1862, a Confederate army under Robert E. Lee met Union forces near the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland. After the battle of Second Manassas, Lee was seeking to engage the Union army in the Northern states and draw it away from engagements in Virginia.

The battle began with a Union artillery barrage against Confederate troops positioned in the "Cornfield." Fierce fighting continued throughout the day through several farms and along Antietam Creek. When the day was over, the Federals has lost 12,410 troops killed and the Confederates 10,700 troops. Antietam is remembered as the single bloodiest day of the Civil War.

The battle was considered indecisive, though Lee and his troops retreated back across the Potomac River to Virginia, abandoning the offensive. But, Antietam had far-reaching consequences. The United Kingdom decided not to proceed with granting recognition to the Confederacy as an independent country. The battle provided Lincoln with sufficient political capital to issue the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863. Photographer Matthew Brady exhibited graphic photos of battlefield casualties. Brady's "The Dead of Antietam" brought the reality of war to the home front and was a milestone in photojournalism.

Each December the Antietam Illumination commemorates the battle and its casualties. Civic, School and Scout groups set out a candle luminary on the field for each solder, Union and Confederate, killed in the battle.

The battlefield is easy to tour by car. Visitors can drive along a tour route, park, and walk each of the significant sites. Several hiking trails of the battlefield area are also marked and trail maps are available at the Visitor Center. The area around the battlefield has largely remained farmland and an effort has been made to preserve the sightlines of 1862. Either way you visit, you come away with a real feel for the site and the events that occurred here.
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travelfan1963 says:
Congratulations on your feature!
Posted on: Jun 01, 2009
Lord_Mike says:
Excellent read, Andy, and well worth the premier!!!
Posted on: Jun 01, 2009
diisha392 says:
Congrats on being featured! I enjoyed looking at this review since I barely remember my own visit to Antietam years ago.
Posted on: Jun 01, 2009

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