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“Great Historic Site to Visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Antietam National Battlefield

Antietam National Battlefield
Maryland Highway 65, Sharpsburg, MD
303-432-5124
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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Sharpsburg
Type: Battlefields, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Biking
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Owner description: Site of one of the bloodiest one-day battles of the Civil War.
Arlington, Virginia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
56 attraction reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Great Historic Site to Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is a fun site to visit if you have any interest in Civil War history. The area has not been surrounded by development by a lot of the other Civil War sites on the east coast. It is still very rural and mostly untouched since the end of the war. The highlight for me from the days we the live canon demonstration which the fired the gun a couple times. This site was great thing to finally get crossed of my Civil War bucket list. Also, I would recommend bringing some snacks with you since there are only a couple restaurants in Sharpsburg.

Visited October 2013
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English first
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Single bloodiest day. ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

The battlefield is full a national park. It is one of 5 battlefields that is used to train our modern military officers. They use it to teach leadership and decision making among other things. Start at the visitor center and get a copy of the self guided tour. There are many stops to be found on the map. Included is a monument to Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. You need transportation for the tour as it is spread out over a large area. At the visitor center there is an informative spry film and periodic presentations by Park Rangers.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“An important place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

If you're interersted in history or the Civil War, this is a must. The battle here was much more significant and costly than many people realize, and a visit there was a great way to learn about it. The visitor's center has a nice movie, 30 minutes long, that gives great overview of the battle. Right when that ended, we were able to catch a 30-minute ranger talk up in the observation area, which really helped orient us. After that, a walk through the museum was the final way to get acquainted with the battle before going out on the self guided auto tour. I'm thinking a guided driving tour with a ranger would have been best. We've done that in Gettysburg and it's fantastic. But this time we purchased the CD for $20. A little bit steep, but considering HOW CHEAP it is to get in the center itself it was no biggie. It was only $6 for BOTH of us for three days. Insane. I almost wish they would charge more so they could maybe make some improvements. Sadly this place has not been given the attention it deserves like Gettysburg has, but I hope it does because it should. The museum could be much larger I think... Make sure to plan about three hours for the driving tour, not the 1.5 to 2 hours they recommend. We felt rushed. Generally I would recommend doing Antietam first and then Gettysburg, if you haven't been to either yet.

Visited November 2013
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columbus
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Nice side trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Wonderful visitor center and less crowded than Gettysburg can get. Should always see both if in the area for any length of time. the visitor center is a good way to start and learn about the complex battlefield. Stay in Hagerstown for a cheap hotel that is right between Gettysburg and Antietam.

Visited July 2013
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Vancouver Island
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“rangers help visualize bloody battle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

This historic Civil War battle is made all the more poignant by the fabulous job the park rangers do to describe the horrors of that critical battle of the Civil War. It was basically a draw but as Lee withdrew from the battlefield it was considered a Union victory and gave Lincoln a chance to introduce the Emancipation Proclamation. The horrible battle which included many cases of hand to hand fighting will live in infamy for the horrible losses on both sides. The Burnside Bridge is so peaceful today and has a sycamore witness tree that was there at the time. Try to imagine Union soldiers trying to cross a 12 ft. wide bridge with Confederate soldiers shooting down at them and it seems so illogical as to defy belief. I highly recommend this battle site to all in the area and beyond.

Visited September 2013
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