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“A Moving Tribute to Sacrifice and the Horrors of War”

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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 29 October 2013

I always get a feeling of melancholy when I visit a Civil War battlefield, such as this, and think of the horrible loss of life and limb, lives shattered and damage needlessly wrought. The Park Service has done a wonderful job preserving and marking the battlefield. We watched the excellent movie in the Visitor's Center, then drove along the marked drive. I particularly enjoyed Dunker Church, Bloody Lane and Burnside Bridge, with tangible reminders of significant events during the battle, and the Maryland Monument, a moving tribute, and the Observation Tower, with its sweeping views of the battlefield. We spent about 2 1/2 hours. People who really get into the the troop positions and play by play could spend days. We drove out of our way to get here and felt rewarded by making the effort.

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Reviewed 18 October 2013

There is a small fee and well worth it. There are lots of cannons to view, locations of battles are well marked; plaques to explain locations. There are 1000's of acres dedicated to this. Don't forget to drive past the main visitor building 1/4 mile down the road there is more. You can spend all day here.

1  Thank Cynthia W
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Even with the gift shop, the Fry house and the cemetery closed due to the government shutdown, one can spend informative hours touring the battlefield and area. I would have liked to had a narrative while looking over the high ground explaining the attacks and retreats.

Thank Bob B
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

So sad that the shutdown has closed this nationally important site. The site is still open and we walked around as much as we could, but the visitor centre was shut and had a 'go away' feel about it. We were the only people at the site at 1 in the afternoon. So very wrong in every way.

Thank Chuffer81A
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

The park was officially closed because of the government 'lock down', however, with the help of a friendly resident, we found our way on to a trail around this beautiful park. Antietam creek and Burnside bridge were so peaceful - a complete contrast to the dreadful battle that took place there and the loss of so many young lives.

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