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South Mountain State Battlefield

Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Road, Middletown, MD 21769, USA

The Battle of South Mountain, fought on September 14, 1862, is the site where Gen. Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North was stopped. It was also the first battle of the war fought in Maryland. A seventeen-stop driving tour leads visitors through the battle that was a prelude to Antietam. The free driving tour brochure, "Battle of South Mountain, " is available from the park address or at Gathland State Park. Also request a brochure of other Washington County Civil War sites called, "Maryland Civil War Crossroads." Gathland State Park has a museum with Civil War exhibits.


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From I-70 take exit 35; follow Route 66 south to Boonsboro. Turn left onto Alternate Route 40 east; follow through town to the top of South Mountain and Turner's Gap. Turn left onto Monument Road to Washington Monument State Park.

Visitor Services

Museum, exhibits, rest rooms, living history, tours. Camping is available at Greenbrier State Park.

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Admission Fee

Maryland Resident $2.00, Out of state $3.00


Daily: 8:00am - sunset



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