Antietam National Battlefield saw 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.
|We listen to a very informative talk by a Ranger in the Observation Room.|
The park visitor center, which is open all year (9:00 am - 5:00 pm) has a theater, exhibits, observation room, and a gift shop.
You can take a self-guided 8 1/2 mile auto tour through the battlefield. The tour has 11 stops and begins at the Dunker Church. During the battle of Antietam, the Dunker church was the focal point of a number of Union attacks against the Confederate left flank.
At battles end the Confederates used the church as a temporary medical aid station.
|The Sunken Road or Bloody Lane as seen from the observation tower.|
Other stops include the Sunken Road (Bloody Lane), Cornfield, Final Attack, Union Advance...
and Burnside Bridge.
There are other places to go outside the auto tour as well, such as Newcomer Farm.
A three day pass costs $4.00 Per Person (age 16 or older; 15 and under FREE) or $6.00 Per Family.
For more information: Antietam National Battlefield