Antietam National Battlefield - Sharpsburg, Maryland
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N 39° 28.437 W 077° 44.703
18S E 263877 N 4372970
Quick Description: The Battle at Antietam was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, resulting in more than 23,000 soldiers being killed or wounded.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 2/26/2008 1:57:16 PM
Waymark Code: WM38MX
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 93

Long Description:
It has been said that more men were killed or wounded at Antietam on September 17, 1862, than on any other single day of the Civil War. Federal losses were 12,410, Confederate losses 10,700. Although neither side gained a decisive victory, Lee’s failure to carry the war effort effectively into the North caused Great Britain to postpone recognition of the Confederate government. The battle also gave President Abraham Lincoln the opportunity to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, which, on January 1, 1863, declared free all slaves in States still in rebellion against the United States. Now the war had a dual purpose: to preserve the Union and end slavery.
Source/Credit: The National Park Service.

The Antietam Battlefield covers a rather large area. Visitors should begin their tour at the visitor's center which houses a museum, a 134-seat theater, museum store and restrooms. The Visitor Center is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Visitor Center hours are: June through August, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; September through May, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The best way to view the battlefield is to take the self-guided driving tour. The tour road is 8.5-miles long with 11 stops. A CD or audio tape is available and enhances the driving tour and may be purchased from the museum store.
Source/Credit: The National Park Service
Type of site: Battlefield

Address:
Sharpsburg Pike
Sharpsburg, MD United States
21782


Phone Number: 301-432-5124

Admission Charged: $5 or less

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
From I-70 take exit 29 to Route 65 south for approximately 10 miles.


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