Antietam Battlefield - Sharpsburg, Maryland
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N 39° 28.437 W 077° 44.703
18S E 263877 N 4372970
Quick Description: The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 2/26/2008 1:33:45 PM
Waymark Code: WM38MQ
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member briansnat
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Long Description:
It has been said that more men were killed or wounded at Antietam on September 17, 1862, than on any other single day of the Civil War. Federal losses were 12,410, Confederate losses 10,700. Although neither side gained a decisive victory, Lee’s failure to carry the war effort effectively into the North caused Great Britain to postpone recognition of the Confederate government. The battle also gave President Abraham Lincoln the opportunity to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, which, on January 1, 1863, declared free all slaves in States still in rebellion against the United States. Now the war had a dual purpose: to preserve the Union and end slavery.
Source/Credit: The National Park Service.

The Antietam Battlefield covers a rather large area. Visitors should begin their tour at the visitor's center which houses a museum, a 134-seat theater, museum store and restrooms. The Visitor Center is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Visitor Center hours are: June through August, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; September through May, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The best way to view the battlefield is to take the self-guided driving tour. The tour road is 8.5-miles long with 11 stops. A CD or audio tape is available and enhances the driving tour and may be purchased from the museum store.
Name of Battle:
Battle of Antietam

Name of War: American Civil War

Entrance Fee: 4.00 (listed in local currency)

Date(s) of Battle (Beginning): 9/17/1862

Date of Battle (End): 9/17/1862

Parking: Not Listed

Visit Instructions:
Post a photo of you and/or your GPS in front of a sign or marker posted at the site of the battle.

In addition it is encouraged to take a few photos two of the surrounding area and interesting features at the site.
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