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Antietam National Battlefield

Maryland Highway 65, Sharpsburg, MD
303-432-5124
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Sharpsburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Battlefields, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Biking
Description: Site of one of the bloodiest one-day battles of the Civil War.
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Coventry, Rhode Island
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

I was interesting to be at the site of the battle in which so many men gave their lives. Very moving

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Cave Creek, AZ
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Wonderfully preserved histroic site. We toured by bike, taking in all the well marked informational sites giving abundant ifnormation about the battle that took place here. Place is maintained/restored to look like it did back in the Civil war. Visitors center is also very nice and informational.

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Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Antietam is less adorned with monuments and not as busy as Gettysburg, but especially important in understanding the outcome of America's Civil War. The film shown at the Visitors Center is one of the best we've seen on our travels. And, if possible, join a presentation in the "lecture" room, which overlooks the battlefield and brings to life exactly where... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We, by chance, visited this park on the 152nd anniversary weekend of the battle. Very well run. The facilities, including the bathrooms, were new and well maintained. The Park service provided a very good all day battlefield tour for the anniversary. The volunteers were committed and provided awesome canon/weapon demonstrations. The living history soldier volunteers were helpful, friendly and outstanding.... More

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Wheelersburg, Ohio
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122 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The battlefield provides great insights into the battle at Antietam. Go to the museum first and watch the video and see the artifacts--that is a great way to start. We bought the audio tour from the gift shop and it was a great help as we toured the site. A lot of stops to see and experience, this park is... More

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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78 reviews 78 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Make sure and listen to one of the park rangers give an overview of the battle before you take the driving tour. What a difference that makes in your understanding of what happened.

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Newington, Connecticut
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9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We recently took a tour of the Antietam battlefield with one of the professional guides listed on the bookstore website. WHAT an in depth and moving tour - lasted for 6 hours. We got a real feel for the whole battle both from the union and southern sides. We walked the battlefield, saw the how and why the battle happened.... More

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Western PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Visited with my grandson. This is a chilling reminder that the Civil War was not some idealized storybook battle. With 23,000 lives lost in a single day this really gives us a look at what was done at that time. The orientation film is very helpful as was the ranger on duty and the people in the gift shop. Definitely... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Another stop on the bucket list. In-shape Civil War buffs, give yourself a day to walk to all the numbered spots on the free guide. $20 gets you an audio guide that you can also drive along with. Bring your own food and drinks - the Rangers don't sell anything because it's "less to clean up!"

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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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44 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It's worth a visit, but it was not like the Gettysburg park. Tiny museum, good movie, not much inside, the battlefield is nice but does not have a lot on display. It's worth a visit if you are in the area, but don't go far to see it.

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