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Sharpsburg - Antietam National Battlefield

5831 Dunker Church Road
301-432-7648

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Reviews

Richard Lee Terry

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Friday, March 30, 2018
ANTIETAM - Sharpsburg, MD - The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History, 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. Antietam ended the Confederate invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION. Executive Order issued by President Abraham Lincoln freeing all those enslaved in Confederate territory. 20-50,000 were immediately freed in regions where rebellion had been subdued already. Preliminary draft (unsigned) issued Sep. 22, 1862. 150 years ago, New Year's Day 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. The war measure had been publicly announced by Lincoln the previous September following the Battle of Antietam. The preliminary Emancipation Proclamation stipulated that any rebellious state that came back to the Union by January 1, 1863, would not be subject to the emancipation policies delineated within the document. None of the Confederate states chose to meet that deadline.

Bill Rizzo

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Saturday, March 31, 2018
The cemetary is the last stop on the self drive tour of the Antietam Battlefield. The whole experience is very nice, rivals Gettysburg. Make sure you catch the video in the visitors center to start your trip off right.

ThePUMPKIN2113

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Monday, March 12, 2018
As a civil war buff this was on my list of battlefields. I should've skipped it...to say it's "lackluster" is an understatement. The grounds had trash all over and very few markers and lots of dog s__. It was an homage to NY 9th infantry....we should honor all men that fought in the Civil war apparently Antietam doesn't feel that way. I spent 45 minutes there and in the words of Lynyrd Skynrd "been there, done that....ain't ever going back."

Erik V

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Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018
Outstanding. The landscape of Antietam is not riddle with monuments, this allows visitors to see the battlefield as the soldiers did 150+ years ago. It is a fascinating and sacred place.

Joseph K

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Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
Incredible piece of history, well preserved. Can be driven instead of walked which was great in the cold.

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