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“Awe inspiring”

Antietam National Cemetery
Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Sharpsburg
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Owner description: Part of the National Cemetery System, this site is where more than 4,776 Union soldiers are buried from the historic battle of Antietam, Monocacy and other military actions in Maryland.
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Beautiful grounds. Amazing statues. Really makes the death count of this one day battle come to life.

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Reviewed May 26, 2013

How often we just take our lives for granted; but, when you visit a cemetery for our valiant soldiers it just seems to render us speechless. The grounds are very well tended and with other visitors walking around, no one spoke loudly. It is a somber and touching experience knowing almost five thousand young men are buried here. "The Private Soldier" is a monument dedicated to those who died.

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

This is a stop on the battlefield tour, but you can visit it as a stand alone, very well kept and onverlooks the battlefield so I would suggest doing the tour, it was $7 for 3 days.

Intersting story about the monument in the center and the number of small square headstones shows the number of unkown soldiers buried here.

the car park is on the opposite side of the road adjacent to the town other cemetery

1  Thank fozzie555
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

I visited here after spending the afternoon touring the Antietam Battlefield (see separate review). This was a moving end to a somber and profound day.

This was originally a battle site, occupied by the Confederate artillery. After the Battle of Antietam, soldiers were typically buried in shallow, make-shift graves on the battlefield. Subsequently about 5,000 Union soldiers were re-interred here (Confederate soldiers were buried elsewhere). About 40% of these soldiers remain UNKNOWN. The cemetery was dedicated on the 5th anniversary of the battle (Battle was Sept. 17, 1862).

The most notable feature is the private soldier monument, which in the middle of the cemetery, surrounded by the graves. This huge structure of granite is 44 feet tall and weighs 250 tons. The soldier is made of two pieces joined at the waist, and faces homeward to the north. The soldier weighs about 30 tons.

There are soldiers from WWI and WWII and Korea buried here, but the cemetery was closed in the 1950's due to running out of space. The one exception was a local boy (about 19) who was killed on the attack of the USS Cole in 200. When I visited there, it was right after his birthday and there were flowers near his grave. It brought me to tears. Peaceful, but very sad.

2  Thank CynthiafromOhio2011
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

My second trip to visit this historic an very moving place. We hiked around the battlefield area covering about 8 miles with maps provided by the rangers at the Visitor Center. Also really bicycle friendly area although hilly. Good idea to read about ahead of visit for better understanding. Landscape Turned Red is recommended book.

2  Thank adhphd
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