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Antietam National Battlefield

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Antietam National Battlefield

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Antietam National Battlefield

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Welcome to Antietam Battlefield, MD

Time has returned Antietam National Battlefield, the site of the bloodiest one-day battle of the Civil War, to its tranquil antebellum appearance, with woodlands giving way to sloping cornfields bound by rough-hewn fences. On September 17, 1862, more than 23,000 Union and Confederate troops were killed, wounded, or missing here. The gruesome battle led Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. A self-guided tour by car follows 8½ miles of well-preserved battlefield including the Dunker Church and Bloody Lane. A 26-minute documentary is shown at the visitor center twice each hour, and there is an exhibit of Civil War artifacts. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore

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Hallowed Ground

In 1862, 23,000 soldiers died at Antietam on the Civil War’s bloodiest day. Take a self-guided tour, or sign up for a ranger-led excursion.

Hallowed Ground

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Making Medical History

The Civil War Medical Museum tells the stories of heroic doctors and nurses who saved lives on the battlefield and off.

Making Medical History

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Confederate Resting Place

Some 2,000 Confederate soldiers are buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown and commemorated by the 1977 Statue of Hope.

Confederate Resting Place

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Battle of Monocacy

You'll see white-tailed deer roaming the Monocacy Battlefield, the site of the northernmost Confederate victory of the Civil War.

Battle of Monocacy

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Presidential Retreat

You’re welcome to take a hike in the hills of Catoctin Mountain Park, but nearby Camp David is off-limits unless you’re in a presidential motorcade.

Presidential Retreat

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