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The Antietam Battlefield

We have photos, links and a bunch of other items to give you the most information possible
about the Antietam Battlefield.

The National Park Service now maintains the Antietam Battlefield and National Cemetery.
Their web site offers a lot of information and historic facts about the battle.
Antietam National Battlefield

Get up to date news from the National Park Service at the Antietam National Battlefield
Antietam National Battlefield News

The Antietam Battlefield Museum Store is a great place for Antietam souvenirs of your visit.
Antietam Museum Store

The Antietam Expedition Guide is a great way to understand the battle and troop movements
around the battlefield. The guide uses animated maps, a guide booklet and audio tour for use
while driving around the battlefield. I used the Antietam Expedition Guide on my last visit
to the battlefield and it was incredibly helpful! Check out the Antietam Expedition Guide.
Antietam Expedition Guide

Download a copy of the Antietam Battlefield Map from the National Park Service and follow the photo tour.
Antietam Battlefield Map



Antietam Battlefield Photo Tour

Battle of Antietam began at dawn on the morning of September 17, 1862. The fighting would
last for 12 hours and cause 23,000 casualties. This battle is the bloodiest single day
battle fought during the Civil War. Lets begin our tour of the Antietam Battlefield. Click on
photos for larger more detailed photo to appear. Using the Antietam Map your can follow the
tour stops and view photos from those stops.

Tour Stop #1 - The Dunker Church. This area of the battlefield was the scene of repeated attacks
by both armies as they struggled to control the high ground in the area. The Antietam Battlefield Visitor Center
is located in this area along with monuments and displays.
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Area around Dunker Church Union Monument Cannons Cannons
Dunker Church Inside Dunker Church Union Monument Cannon and Monument
View of field





Tour Stop #2 The Northwoods. The Union attack on the Confederates in the Miller Cornfield will
begin in the early morning hours from this area. This area has several Union Monuments and a monument
to Clara Barton the founder of the American Red Cross.
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Clara Barton Monument Union Monument Union Monument Union Monument
Union Markers Battle Drawing Map of area Panoramic of area





Tour Stop #3 The Eastwoods. The Union General Mansfield is fatally wounded in the area
as he leads his troops into the battle.
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Panoramic of area Map of area Mansfield Monument Close up of Mansfield Monument
Drawing of Mansfield leading his troops





Tour Stop #4 The Cornfield. There was more fighting in here at the Miller Cornfield
than on any other location on the battlefield. Fighting here would last 3 hours and control
of the field would change hands several times during the fighting.
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Cannons Cannons at the Cornfield Monuments and Markers Monuments
Union Monument Union Monument Georgia Monument looking toward Eastwoods
Panoramic of area Texas Monument Union Monument The Miller Cornfield
Drawing of Union attack in the Cornfield Panoramic of area





Tour Stop #5 The Westwoods. Union troops charge in to these woods and suffer
2,200 casualties in less than 30 minutes.
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Map of area Union Monument Union Monument Cannons in the Westwoods





Tour Stop #6 The Mumma Farmstead. The Mumma farm building were burned by
Confederate troops to keep Union Sharpshooters from using the building as cover.
These were the only civilian building purposely destroyed during the battle.
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Drawing of the attack near the Mumma Farm Photo of burned Mumma Farm buildings The Mumma Farm today





Tour Stop #7 Union Troops move through these fields on there way to attack
the Confederates in the Sunken Road. Troops passing the Roulette Farm are attacked
by bees stirred up by artillery fire.
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Photo of the Roulette Farm Troops attacked by Bees Map of area Panoramic of area
Cannons near the Visitor Center





Tour Stop #8 The Sunken Road / Bloody Lane. For nearly 4 hours Union troops
attack the Confederates in the Sunken Road. The intense fighting causes over 5,000
casualties and the Sunken Road becomes known as Bloody Lane.
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Bloody Lane Maker Union Monument and Markers Union Monuments Map of area
Drawing of the attack on the Sunken Road The Sunken Road Union Monument Bloody Lane
Bloody Lane Union Monument on Bloody Lane Looking toward the area the Union Troops attacked The Irish Brigade
The Irish Brigade Monument Panoramic of area Piper Farm Monuments
Mumma and Roulette Farms Bloody Lane





Tour Stop #9 The Lower Bridge / Burnside Bridge. For most of the day a few hundred Georgia
riflemen held off the troops of General Burnside.
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Painting of the attack on the Lower Bridge Union Monument and Markers Drawing of the attack on the Lower Bridge Map of area
Union Monuments Union Monuments Union Monument and Markers Lower Bridge
Cannon at Lower Bridge Union Monuments and Markers Union Monuments and Markers Lower Bridge
Over the Bridge Drawing of the attack on Lower Bridge Burnside Bridge





Tour Stop #10 The Final Attack. After Union troops storm across the Lower bridge
they are reformed and move through these hills toward to town of Sharpsburg. Their goal
is to cut of the Confederate line of retreat. They are stopped when A.P. Hillís Confederates
arrive on the battlefield after marching from Harpers Ferry.
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Painting of the attack on the Lower Bridge Union Monument and Markers Drawing of the attack on the Lower Bridge Map of area
Union Monuments Union Monuments Union Monument and Markers Lower Bridge
Cannon at Lower Bridge Union Monuments and Markers Union Monuments and Markers Lower Bridge
Over the Bridge





Tour Stop #11 The Antietam National Cemetery. The remains of 4776 Union Soldiers are
buried here and include 1836 unknown soldiers.
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Painting of the attack on the Lower Bridge Union Monument and Markers Drawing of the attack on the Lower Bridge Map of area
Union Monuments Union Monuments Union Monument and Markers Lower Bridge





Two locations not listed as a tour stop but still worth a look are the Headquarters of
General Robert E. Lee and General George McClellan.
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Headquarters of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia Headquarters of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia Headquarters of George McClellan and the Army of Potomac at the Pry House Headquarters of George McClellan and the Army of Potomac at the Pry House





The Antietam Battlefield Visitor Center offers information about the battle,
Ranger lead tours and artifacts on display.
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Displays at the Museum Displays at the Museum Displays at the Museum Displays at the Museum





These Antietam web sites might be helpful to plan your trip or just get more information.
Antietam on the Web

Antietam Battlefield Guides


 

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