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Meet at the (very tall) New York Monument near the Visitor Center

Antietam National Battlefield

5831 Dunker Church Rd, Sharpsburg, MD 21782, USA


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March to Antietam’s West Woods

Saturday, April 2 @ 1pm

Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Maryland

A Civil War Trust Generations Event

Walking in the footsteps of soldiers at the focal point of America’s bloodiest one-day battle can be an unforgettable experience. Doing so with your son, granddaughter or nephew can help instill a lifelong passion for history.

Join us and the National Park Service for this 1.5-mile hike following the path of one ill-fated assault at the Battle of Antietam. Traverse the hallowed ground, much of it recently preserved by the Civil War Trust. Follow the attack to its disastrous conclusion and learn about the climactic events that directly resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation. We will culminate with a tintype photo demonstration and opportunities to appear in multiple photographs!


  • - The event itself is free (but regular Park entry fees apply).
  • - The event is open to all — with the hope that you will attend with someone from another generation.
  • - This event involves 1.5 miles of walking over uneven terrain. Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather.


Saturday, April 2

  • 8:45 am to 12:00 pmOptional Morning Event: Park Day
  • 12:55 pmMeet at Antietam National Battlefield's New York Monument
  • 1:00 pm to 2:30 pmWest Woods March
  • 2:35 pm to 3:15 pmTintype Photography
  • 3:15 pmEvent Concludes

Optional Morning Event

Park Day 2016

Volunteer at Park Day

The Civil War Trust’s Park Day, an annual hands-on volunteer opportunity to help with Park maintenance large and small, is that same morning at 8:45 a.m. If you want to participate before the Generations event, please meet at the Antietam Battlefield National Cemetery parking lot at 8:45 a.m. If you have any further questions, contact Ranger Jane Custer at 301 432-7893.

Resources at Home

Are you interested in learning a bit with your child, grandchild or friend at home before (or after) the event? Check out these resources:

Battle of Antietam

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