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“A very inspirational place” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Antietam National Battlefield

Antietam National Battlefield
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History: 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Antietam National Battlefield is located in western Maryland, 10 miles south of Hagerstown in Washington County. The best place to start your visit is at the park visitor center. The GPS address for the visitor center is 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, Maryland, 21782. We have brochures, museum exhibits, a film, a museum store, and park rangers and volunteers on duty to help you get oriented. The battlefield is approximately 3,000 acres that you can explore in your car or by walking. Operating Hours & Seasons: Open All Year, The Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Park Grounds are open daylight hours. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day The park has an entrance fee of $5.00 Per Person (age 16 or older; 15 and under FREE) or $10.00 Per Vehicle.
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“A very inspirational place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

Antietam National Battlefield is truly a must see for anyone in the Virginia/Maryland/Pennsylvania area. One can only imagine all that went on in this place during the deadliest battle of he Civil War. The visitor center film is so very informative, as was the museum area of the center. The monuments, the hills, the fences, and buildings make this one of the best of such places that we the privilege of visiting. Don't miss the observation tower near the end of the tour. Although a little hike up the stairs, the views of the batlefield are certainly worth it.

Visited November 2012
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“It hasn't changed much since 1862!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012

Manassas is small enough to walk in a couple of hours. Gettysburg and Vicksburg are too big to cover without a car. Antietam is too big to walk but it isn't as big as Gettysburg or Vicksburg. Like Gettysburg, there are certain stops--cornfield, west woods, Dunker church, bloody lane, Burnside's bridge. It is almost as it was in 1862. You can almost hear Hill's Light Division coming up the road from Harper's Ferry. You can see the Confederate sharpshooters on the hill overlooking Burnside's bridge, firing at the Union troops as they try to cross the bridge. There is so much history, you can feel it. And you can hear it. The visitor's center offers a wonderful film and a lecture on the battle. It comes to life before your eyes.

Visited July 2012
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Abingdon, Virginia
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“Well Laid Out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

Great view of bloodiest one day battle of Civil War. Not crowed and easy to park car so you can get out and see everything. Must get out to see Burnside Bridge and Bloody Lane. So must history in open area and war's effect on surrounding area.

Visited November 2012
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Redwood City, California
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“Fields of Sacrifice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

To really appreciate the battlefield you need to leave the car at strategic places and walk where the soldiers walked. If you look at the old photographs taken after the battle and actually walk across the same ground, you realize what a sacrifice was made on both sides. Some places were absolutely flat and battles see-sawed over the fields several times before a victory was won. The sunken road (Bloody Lane) where the dead were stacked like cord wood is even more incomprehensible when you see the terrain where the troops had to cover to get there. The site covers a lot of ground, so arrive early.

Visited May 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Pristine, quiet and proper”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

The battlefield is well marked, quiet and reflective. Burnside Bridge is moving. Traffic is slow, and not congested like Gettysburg. You can hear the birds sing and wind blow. Very similar to Shiloh. Very different than Gettysburg. The guides, bookstore workers, and people who run the movie are rather aloof and crabby. The man working the front desk did not even know the name of my guide, Randy Buchman. How could he not know that? The car CD is accurate and moving. Park your car on the side and you wont be disturbed. Walk alot and dont stay in your car. Better seen in the fall than summer, which can be really hot and sticky. Not many school busses or big tours in the fall.

Visited November 2012
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