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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed June 2, 2010

Allow plenty of time to take in everything whether driving or walking - lots - and consider the driving tour.

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Reviewed November 14, 2009

The battle of Antietam has always been my favorite. We went for our third visit in September 2009 for the 147th Anniversary of the battle. That was an incredibly moving experience. It was a cool, dreary day, which added to the atmosphere. It was incredible to see the corn in the corn field. It towered over our heads. It was difficult to imagine having to fight there. The driving tour is really easy to follow and will take you to the main parts of the battle. We always recommend taking your time. Get out and walk the land. There is no greater way to appreciate what happened here than walking the land where the soldiers fought. There is so much here that can not be found in a history book. My favorite part is walking the Sunken Road. It is an amazing experience. The area around Burnside Bridge is equally awe inspiring. The beauty takes your breathe away. It is impossible to imagine the carnage of September 17, 1862. Antietam is one of the more well preserved battlefields. And since it is in a more remote location, not near a lot of modern civilization you really can immearse yourself in what it would have been like in 1862. It is a truly moving experience to visit Antietam. Be sure to stop at the Antietam National Cemetery as well. This is a place that must be experienced.

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Reviewed October 25, 2009

My husand and I took the driving tour and are so glad we didn't miss this. I had always invisioned Antietam as a small area with a bridge and nearby field. Was I ever more wrong....it is amazing what our history books do NOT teach us. We took our time and read every plaque along the battlefield(s). I was amazed and humbled at the enormity of the entire park and the events that occurred there. You must see it. It is beyond words. Our thanks to the National Park Service for preserving the battlefield so well. It was well worth the time spent.

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Reviewed August 8, 2009

I did the auto tour of the battlefield, late in the day. Wish I'd had a bike - that's probably the ideal way to visit (although there are some hills). The battlefield has been well arranged and thought out - there is plenty of info available, but it's easy for someone with little knowledge of the battle to follow.

It was approaching dusk, and it's so quiet - almost overwhelming to think of the pain and death that took place there. The Antietam site is a fantastic alternative to Gettysburg if you are in the area but don't have the time to devote to a Gettysburg tour. I was able to do a very thorough tour of Antietam and the Cemetery in less than 2 hours, and I took my time.

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Reviewed July 26, 2009

What an incredible way to spend the afternoon... for $6, our family of six was able to watch the Antietam documentary, watch a group of 'soldiers' fire of a civil war era cannon, and get an in-depth ranger tour of the battlefield. An incredible value for something that is both very interesting and really educational.

The movie gives a good overview of the battle, although it is low budget. But the ranger tour is top notch. And to walk the battlefield, seeing the terrain and hearing an expert account of how the battle unfolded is invaluable.

Antietam is pretty bare bones compared to Gettysburg, but it is a nice, somewhat out of the way location that is not likely to be crawling with tourists. It is so easy to visualize the unfolding of the battle and really gives you an appreciation for the enormity of the event that proved to be the bloodiest day in American history.

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