Assembling for the hike
In early 2001, Drew's Boy Scout troop worked on the Hiking Merit Badge by taking a number of historic themed hikes. The first of these was to hike through the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. (See Review, below.) Others were to include Manassas National Battlefield and the National Captial Lincoln Trail that I've written about in the Washington blog.
The Scout troop carpooled to drive up to Sharpsburg, Maryland, from Springfield on a brisk and overcast Saturday morning in early March. Fortunately, rain (and late snow) held off. (An earlier shakedown hike in February had been in snow.) The 10 mile (17 km) trail led through the whole of the battlefield park, beginning at the Dunker Church near the visitor center, across Antietam Creek via Burnside Bridge, through still cultivated farmland, and ending at Antietam National Cemetery in the town of Sharpsburg.
Hiking Cornfield Avenue
In general, the plan of the hike followed the course of the Civil War battle that took place here in September 1862. At various points along the route, stops were made to read historical markers and from the trail guide. It was a very "up close and personal" visit to one of the most important Civil War sites. Seeing the battlefield on foot gave a much better interperation of the site and the events that unfolded here than a usual driving tour would provide. I learend much about the battle and events leading to it and the hike was an excellent way to spend a Saturday.
Sharpsburg Sights & Attractions review
A Civil War turning point at Antietam
Antietam National Battlefield park commemorates a significant and costly event in the Civil War. On September 17, 1862, a Confederate army under Rober… read entire review