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September 16 - 18, 1862

Washington County, Maryland

Widely considered to be one of the most beautiful and pristine Civil War battlefields, Antietam is a must-see for any Civil War enthusiast. The Antietam National Battlefield has an excellent visitor center which is a good place to start your visit. Hiking trails and a 8.5 mile driving tour of the battlefield makes it easy to see this historic site.

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Essential To-Do List:

Get the most out of your Civil War battlefield visit by exploring these recommended To-Dos.

See McClellan's headquarters at Antietam -- the Pry House

The Union commander, General George B. McClellan, had his headquarters here at the Battle of Antietam -- America's bloodiest day.

Stand inside the Dunker Church

Walking into this house of worship, battle site, operating room, and photo subject, can be a profoundly moving experience, and much quieter than it was in 1862!

Walk through the Bloody Cornfield

Miller's cornfield was the site of the one of the most terrible fights of the entire war. Union general Joseph Hooker reported that every single stalk of corn was felled by bullets "as with a knife," and that the dead "lay in rows."

Walk the length of the Sunken Road

Both a defensive position and a trap -- few other landmarks are as synonymous with Antietam as is the "Bloody Lane." No visit can be considered complete without walking this hallowed path.

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Plan Your Visit

Civil War Discovery Trail


8:30am to Dusk; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day


(301) 432-5124


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