Antietam National Battlefield

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Take a walk through history by visiting the Antietam National Battlefield just outside of Shepherdstown, WV. Antietam National Battlefield is a National Park Service protected area along Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, Washington County, northwestern Maryland. It commemorates the American Civil War Battle of Antietam that occurred on September 17, 1862.

This is a fun site to visit if you have any interest in Civil War history. The area has not been surrounded by development, unlike many other Civil War sites on the east coast. It is still very rural and mostly untouched since the end of the war.

Situated on fields among the Appalachian foothills near the Potomac River, the area features the battlefield site and visitor center, a national military cemetery, stone arch Burnside's Bridge, and a field hospital museum. One may start at the visitor center and get a copy of the self-guided tour. There are many stops to be found on the map. Included is a monument to Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. Today, over 330,000 people visit the park each year.