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.
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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.
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