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Antietam National Battlefield

5831 Dunker Church Road

The majority of historic information about the Battle of Antietam is in this section of our web site. The table below lists categories and links to many specific topics that our park visitors frequently ask questions about. The information that you are interested in can also be found in our navigation above, to the left, the site index, or just do a search.


Matt Hiserodt

Monday, July 2, 2018
Stopped here on a Sunday afternoon around 3:30. Visitor's center closes at 5 but you can drive the auto route around the park until dark, but you do need to get to the visitors center to pay admission ($10/car or $5/individual). Grounds very well maintained though the clarity of understanding how the battle unfolded by reading the plaques and markers is not as comprehensive as somewhere like a Gettysburg (but that's understandable as Gettysburg is special). Was there with my 3 young kids who found it interesting and the staff at visitors center was super nice. Got our passport stamps in the bookshop, viewed the exhibit room below and observation room above then spent about 1 - 1 1/2 hrs doing the loop. Of course their favorite part was the observation tower which was much nicer than some of the open air glorified fire towers you get at other sites - this one is brick and totally enclosed. My son also liked the fact that he had learned about Clara Barton in school and that the 2nd stop on the loop specifically highlighted her. Overall worth a stop if you are driving through the area - scenery alone beautiful.

Kendrick Gibbs

Sunday, April 29, 2018
My favorite battlefield to visit! Lived close to Gettysburg and now live in Richmond,VA but this one is my favorite. Nestled in the Cumberland Valley, you feel as though you have stepped back into 1862 when on the battlefield. Great preservation work done by the NPS over the last several decades!

Richard Lee Terry

Friday, March 30, 2018
ANTIETAM - Sharpsburg, MD - 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. Antietam ended the Confederate invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION. Executive Order issued by President Abraham Lincoln freeing all those enslaved in Confederate territory. 20-50,000 were immediately freed in regions where rebellion had been subdued already. Preliminary draft (unsigned) issued Sep. 22, 1862. 150 years ago, New Year's Day 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. The war measure had been publicly announced by Lincoln the previous September following the Battle of Antietam. The preliminary Emancipation Proclamation stipulated that any rebellious state that came back to the Union by January 1, 1863, would not be subject to the emancipation policies delineated within the document. None of the Confederate states chose to meet that deadline.

Bill Rizzo

Saturday, March 31, 2018
The cemetary is the last stop on the self drive tour of the Antietam Battlefield. The whole experience is very nice, rivals Gettysburg. Make sure you catch the video in the visitors center to start your trip off right.


Monday, March 12, 2018
As a civil war buff this was on my list of battlefields. I should've skipped say it's "lackluster" is an understatement. The grounds had trash all over and very few markers and lots of dog s__. It was an homage to NY 9th infantry....we should honor all men that fought in the Civil war apparently Antietam doesn't feel that way. I spent 45 minutes there and in the words of Lynyrd Skynrd "been there, done that....ain't ever going back."

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