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Antietam National Battlefield Hike


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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 8.9 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview:  This is an out and back 8.9 mile hike that links all of the major hiking trails at Antietam together

You will start behind the... more »

Tips:  Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Most battlefield hikes are out on open fields, so shade is at a premium. There are portions of ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. The Fourteenth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Memorial

Inscription. (Front Side):
2nd Brig. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C.
Advanced to this point in a charge about 9:30 A.M., September 17th, 1862 then fell back eighty-eight yards to a cornfield fence and held position heavily engaged nearly two hours; then was sent to
the support of the first brigade of its division at the Roulette Lane two hours; then was... More

2. 5th Maryland. Veterans Volunteer Infantry Memorial

Erected by the survivors of Company A & I to the memory of our fallen comrads who fell on this spot
September 17, 1862.
This stone marks the extreme advance of Weber's Brigade French's Div. 2nd Army Corps
Can their glory ever fade!

3. 130th Pennslyvania Volunteer Infantry Memorial

130 Pennsylvania Vounteer Infantry
2 Brigade
3 Division
2 Corps

This memorial marks the regiment's right of line in battle. Its left extended to Roulette's Lane below.
It went into battle by way of the Roulette Farm buildings about 9:30 a.m. and, driving back the enemy, maintained its position at and immediately... More

4. The Bloody Lane

On the morning of September 17, 1862, three divisions of Gen. Edwin Sumner’s Second Corps crossed Antietam Creek. The first division moved toward the West Woods while the other two divisions advanced to the Sunken Road. Gen. William Henry French’s division led the attack. Within an hour, Gen. Israel Richardson was in position to support him.... More

5. ObservationTower

Built by the War Department in 1896 as part of the early development efforts by the military to create an open-air classroom at the battlefield. The tower is located at a corner of "Bloody Lane" and is open except during inclement weather.

6. 1st Delaware Memorial

1st Delaware Volunteers

Colonel John W. Andrews
3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, II Corps

On the morning of Sept. 17, 1862 this regiment crossed Antietam Creek forming right of first line of French's Division. Advanced with heavy skirmishing through Roulette Farm and became fiercely engaged immediately in front of Sunken Road. Withdrew to stronger... More

7. Three Farms Trail

This trail connects the north end trails to the south
end trails.It also takes you to some of the quietest and most beautiful areas of the park. The trail connects to the Bloody Lane Trail in the north and the Sherrick Farm Trail in the south.

8. Burnside Bridge

For more than three hours on September 17, 1862, Confederate Gen. Robert Toombs and fewer than 500 Georgia soldiers manned this imposing position against three Federal assaults made by Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s much larger Ninth Corps. Confederate General James Longstreet wrote of the action, “Gen. Toombs held the bridge and defended it most... More

9. Memorials at Burnside Bridge

21st Mass. Vol. Infantry
2nd Brig. 2nd Div.
9th A.C.
Erected by
21st Regt. Mass. Vol.

The following Comrades
were killed near
this bridge:

2nd Lieut. Henry C. Holbrook Co. "D"
Priv. Wm. B. Boynton Co. "D"
Priv. Amos S. Eastman Co. "E"
Corp. Henry K. Buss Co. "E"
Priv. Geo. T. Bigelow Co. "G"
Corp. Jas. S. Stratton Co. "G"
Priv.... More

10. View from the Georgian's Snipers Nest


Down the narrow valley directly across the creek swept Burnside's doomed attack columns. For the entire distance to the bridge, they were exposed to deadly short-range fire from the riflemen on this ridge. The final successful thrust at 1 o'clock came down the steep slope directly opposite the bridge.

11. Snavely's Ford

General Rodman's Division crossed the Antietam here at 1:00 P.M. on Sept. 17 at almost the same moment, other units in the IX Corps took the Burnside Bridge. Rodman's men marched up the draw behind you, on their way to the final action of the day on the fields south of Sharpsburg. For the next 500 yards this trail is parallel to Rodman's route of ... More

12. William McKinley Monument

January 29, 1843 - September 14, 1901

Fourteen Years Member of Congress
Twice Governor of Ohio 1892-3 and 1894-5
Twice President of United States 1897-1900 and 1901.

Sergeant McKinley Co. E. 23rd Ohio Vol. Infantry, while in charge of the Commissary Department, on the afternoon of the day of the battle of Antietam,... More

13. Newcomer Farm Barn

At 10 A.M., September 16, 1862, four companies of the Fourth United States Infantry crossed the stone bridge over the Antietam at this point and took position behind the rock ledge and barn on the left of the road and under the bank on the right. At noon two companies were thrown out as skirmishers and advanced on either side of the road to high... More

14. Parks Farm Barn

15. Roulette Farm Barn

William and Margaret Roulette lived at this farm with their five children during the battle. The Roulettes did not own slaves, but the household also included Nancy Camel, age 40, a freed slave who is listed in the 1860 census as a black servant, as well as a young African-American man William, age 15, listed as a farm hand.

After the battle the... More

16. Sherrick Farm Trail along the river

The Mumma Family evacuated to the Sherrick Farm when the Confederates burned their house down.

17. 51st New York Monument

Shepard Rifles
Col. Robert B. Potter
2d Brigade - Ferrero's 2d Division - Sturgis'
9th Army Corps - Burnside's
Army of the Potomac
Sept. 17, 1862

In compliance with orders received from
General Burnside on the morning of September 17,
the 51st New York and the 51st Pennsylvania were
selected to carry this bridge at all hazards.
The... More

18. 2nd Maryland Infantry Monument

2nd Md Infantry

At 9:30 a.m. advanced on the stone bridge,
defended by Toombs' Brigade and two batteries on high ground beyond. Charged to within 100 yards of the
bridge when, checked by the severity of the enemy's fire it took shelter along the bank of the stream and was engaged until 1:30 p.m. the bridge being carried it crossed to the hills... More

19. Massachusetts Infantry Memorial

The Thirty-fifth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers
Crossed this bridge with Ferrero's Brigade, Ninth Army Corps at noon, Sept. 17, 1862, and moved to the right up the hill where, at the lane, two hundred and fourteen of their officers and men were killed or wounded.

20. A Farm...on Sherrick Farm Trail.

Not too interested in me although it did come over to the fence to see if I wanted to pet it

21. Visitors Center! We're back