Antietam Travel Guide

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    Visitors Center
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    Old Stone Bridge
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Antietam Highlights

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    mrclay2000 says…

     Easy to follow park road, many structures still standing 

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    Rich62 says…

     THAT WHICH HAPPENED THERE IN THE 1860'S 

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    sswagner says…

     Antietam is a very important lesson in American History. Visit if you can. 

Antietam Things to Do

  • burnside bridge

    the rohrbach bridge more commonly known as the burnside bridge is one of the most famous structures in the battle of antietam. union general ambrose burnside was ordered to cross this bridge and attack the confederate southern flank. the bridge was defended by 2 nd and 20 th georgia brigades commanded by general robert toombs. from 9:00 to 10:00 am...

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  • final attack

    after general burnside captured rohrbach bridge the bridge became a bottleneck for soldiers, artillery, and wagons which caused another two hour delay in his attack on general lee's line. by 2:30 pm general a. p. hill had arrived from harpers ferry with 3,000 reinforcements. burnside's initial assault on the confederate line was led by the 79 th...

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  • vermont monument

    located between stops 6 and 7 on the battlefield auto tour is the vermont monument. this simple granite monument honors:general w. t. h. brooks2 nd division, sixth corpsmajor james h. walbridge2 nd regimentmajor thomas d. seaver3 rd regimentcolonel charles b. stoughton4 th regimentcolonel lewis a. grant5 th regimentmajor oscar s. tuttle

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  • clara barton monument

    clara barton is best known as the founder of the american red cross after the civil war. it was thought that clara barton tended to the wounded at joseph poffenberger farm during the battle of antietam. recent research suggests that barton actually served as a nurse at the samuel poffenberger farm 3/4 mile to the southwest of this location.

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  • west woods

    while the cornfield remained a bloody statemate union advances a few hundred yards to the west were more successful. general john gibbon's 4 th brigade, (iron brigade) began advancing down hagerstown turnpike in the direction of dunker church. they were halted by a charge of 1,150 men of starke's louisiana brigade. starke was mortally wounded and...

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  • battle of the cornfield

    as union forces emerged from the north woods south into miller's cornfield, an artillery duel erupted. confederate fire from j. e. b. stuart's horse artillery batteries from the west and colonel s. d. lee from dunker church to the south converged on the cornfield. union return fire was returned from nine batteries on a ridge behind north woods and...

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  • state of new york monument

    near the visitor center and dunker church are serveral large monuments. this massive monument is the state of new york monument. troops from the state of new york were commanded by generals fitz john porter and edwin sumner. the state of new york monument is at stop number 1 on the battlefield auto tour.

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  • colonel joseph w. hawley monument

    located at stop 5 on the battlefield auto tour is the 124 th pennsylvania volunteer infantry and the joseph w. hawley monument.

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  • antietam national cemetery

    antietam national cemetery was established in 1865 and was dedicated in 1867 for the reinternment of union dead in the battle of antietam. there are over 4,000 graves in the cemetery of which over 1,800 are unknown. the focal point of the cemetery is the massive statue of "old simon" who represents the average union soldier. confederate dead were...

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  • otto farm

    john otto was a farmer and a pastor at dunker church. after general burnside's capture of rohrbach bridge the forces of maxcy gregg's south carolina brigade attacked the 16 th connecticut brigade in otto's field. the otto farm is located between stops 9 and 10 on the battlefield auto tour.

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  • sherrick farm

    after the capture of rohrback bridge general burnside's forces began to move west towards general lee's defensive line on harpers ferry road. the sherrick farm was located in the center of burnsides troop movements. sherrick farm is located between stops number 9 and 10 on the battlefield auto tour.

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  • william mc kinley monument

    william mc kinley enlisted in the union army as a private at the outbreak of the civil war. at the battle of antietam mc kinley was a sargent in the 23 rd ohio regiment commanded by future president rutherford b. hayes. by the end of the civil war mc kinley had risen to the rank of major. this monument was dedicated in 1903 two years after...

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  • irish brigade monument

    the irish brigade was formed in november 1861. the brigade was largely recruited in massachusetts, new york, and pennsylvania. the brigade fought in all of the major campaigns of the army of the potomac. the irish brigade lost over 4,000 men during the war. eleven members of the irish brigade were awarded the congressional medal of honor. this...

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  • observation tower

    the observation tower was built by the war department in 1896 in order to create an open air military classroom at antietam. the war department also built roads and placed cannons around the battlefield. the war department established five national military parks in the 1890's, antietam, gettysburg, chickamauga-chattanooga, shiloh, and vickburg. in...

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  • maryland state monument

    this is a very unusual monument because it honors both union and confederate regiments. maryland was a boarder state during the civil war and many residents chose different sides to fight on. this monument honors,baltimore light infantry CSApurnell legion USAfirst maryland light infantry USAfifth maryland infantry USAfirst maryland battery CSAthird...

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  • 20 th new york regiment monument

    this monument honors the troops of the 20 th regiment new york volunteer infantry also known as turner's rifles. the regiments casualties were 38 killed, 96 wounded, and 11 missing.the 20th new york regiment monument is located at stop number 1 on the battlefield auto tour.

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  • union advance

    around 9:00 am the union advanced on the confederate line in the direction of sharpsburg. general john sedgwick had advanced west across hagerstown turnpike, general george greene was attacking dunker church, and general edwin sumner was moving south and west towards the sunken road. two divisions of sumner's second corps moved across the mumma and...

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  • sunken road

    the sunken road also known as "bloody lane" is located south of the mumma farm. this farm lane served as the breastwork for the center of the confederate line. the sunken road was defended by confederate general robert h. anderson and was supported by general james longstreet's artillery. for about 3 1/2 hours 2,000 confederates were attacked by...

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  • mumma cemetery

    this was originally the orndorff family cemetery. christian orndorff established a milling operation in the sharpsburg area in 1762. orndorff was a major in the continental army during the revolutionary war. after the war orndorff settled on this property in 1790. the orndorff family sold this farm to the mumma family in 1811.

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  • mumma farm

    the mumma farm and cemetery is the next stop on the battlefield auto tour. mumma farm was located in the center of fierce fighting between miller's cornfield and "the bloody lane". during the battle confederate troops set the farm on fire so it could not be used by union snipers. the mumma farm was rebuilt in 1863. mumma farm is located at stop...

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  • mansfield monument

    located at stop 3 on the battlefield auto tour is the mansfield monument. general joseph mansfield was shot and killed near this site during the battle of the east woods.

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  • east woods

    just east of miller's cornfield was an area of the battlefield called east woods. general meade's 1 st pennsylvania brigade, under the command of general truman seymour began advancing through the east woods and exchanged fire with confederate colonel james a. walker's brigade. meade's brigrade was forced back into the cornfield. union general...

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  • hexamer battery monument

    the hexamer battery monument is located at stop 5 on the battlefield auto tour. this monument honors william hexamer and the 4 th new jersey hexamer battery.

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  • indiana monument

    this massive monument honors troops from the state of indiana. the indiana monument is at stop 5 on the battlefield auto tour.

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Antietam Transportation

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    by atufft Written Mar 2, 2010

    Antietam is located in Maryland, near the border of West Virginia, not far from Interstate 81, one of the major north-south freeways along the east coast of the USA. From Martinsburg, take WV45 and WV480 until the Maryland border where WV480 becomes into MD34. These narrow country roads roll easily toward Antietam Creek, with brown signs showing the way to the Battlefield National Park. After leaving Antietam and Sharpsburg, take US340 through to historic Emmitsburg, MD. This somewhat rugged part of Maryland and Pennsylvania is quite scenic for it's small towns and farms, and so it's worth avoiding busy I-70. After Emmitsburg, take US15 north, but there's also a scenic backdoor approach to Gettysburg via PA116.

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Antietam Local Customs

  • MUMMA FARM

    Several farmsteads were the site of heavy fighting during the battle of Antietam. This farm was burnt down by the Confederates so Federal soldiers could not use the house to shelter would-be sharpshooters. The farm was rebuilt - rather successfully as you see - passing into the hands of the National Park Service eventually. The NPS uses the Mumma...

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  • STAFF RIDE

    Ever since the Civil War, it has become an Army tradition to wander the old battlefields in an effort to better interpret what happened and to learn what lessons they can for application on future grounds. Many things have changed in the making of war in the last 150 years, but some basics never change - the leading of small, or large, groups under...

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Antietam Off The Beaten Path

  • mt. airy

    mt. airy plantation house also known as grove farm was built in 1821. this 2 1/2 story flemish bond brick house with federal and greek revival elements was the meeting place of president lincoln and general mc clellan two weeks after the battle of antietam. lincoln was annoyed with mc clellan for not pursuing general lee into virgina. on november 7...

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  • mount olivet cemetery

    mount olivet cemetery is located in frederick maryland. this is one of several cemeteries were confederate dead were reinturned after the battle of antietam. since the antietam national cemetery was restricted to union dead the confederates had to buried elsewhere. the mount olivet cemetery is located at 515 s. market street just south of downtown...

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  • pry house

    a knock on the door on september 16 th 1862 forever changed the lives of phillip and elizabeth pry. for almost twenty years the prys prospered on their 140 acre farm along antietam creek. thousand's of soldiers and horses decended on this farm. fences were knocked down, crops trampled, loads of hay confiscated and livestock was taken to feed the...

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Antietam Favorites

  • Places to stay & eat

    Sharpsburg does not have many places to spend the night or variety in places to eat. You'll have to go down the road another 7 miles (11.2 km) to Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Please check the appropriate VT pages using the links in this text. My Sharpsburg page.

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  • The Cornfield

    This was another area of intense battle. In 1862, so many people were in the field fighting and so many bullets were fired between the two armies, that it was written "not a stalk of corn" was left standing.

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  • Touring the Battlefield

    In order to access Antietam, we flew in to Washington D.C. and drove into Maryland towards Frederick. As you go towards the West Virginia border, signs will direct you to the battlefield. There is a visitor center that features a film and lots of information about the battlefield and the Civil War. There is a recommended driving route to take in...

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north woods
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dunker church
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grove house
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ferry hill plantation
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Burnside Bridge
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Bloody Lane Memorials
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Sunken Road or "Bloody Lane"
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Antietam Museum
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Canon Collection
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Dunker Church
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Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Nat'l Historical Park
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Afternoon - Final Attack
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Midday- Sunken Road
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Results of War (Antietam Nat'l Cemetery)
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Morning - Yankees Assemble
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Setting the Scene
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ANTIETAM NATIONAL CEMETERY
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HAWKINS ZOUAVES
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23RD OHIO REGIMENT MONUMENT
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MCKINLEY MONUMENT
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BURNSIDE BRIDGE
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IRISH BRIGADE
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BATTLEFIELD TOWER
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BLOODY LANE
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VISITOR CENTER
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DUNKER CHURCH
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NEW YORK MONUMENT
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MARYLAND MONUMENT
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WEST WOODS AND THE PHILADELPHIA BRIGADE
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MANSFIELD AND THE EAST WOODS
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CORNFIELD
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