Antietam National Battlefield

Exploring the Parks: Antietam National Battlefield

Maryland monument at Antietam
Antietam battle was the single bloodiest battle in the Civil War. The landscape, which is the most important artifact, is being protected almost like it was in the 1860s.

Reader Participation Day: Which Is Your Favorite Civil War Park Unit?

Which of the Civil War battlefields preserved by the National Park Service appeals to you most, and why?

National Park Service Launches Civil War Website

Our country is entering year two of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, and many Americans still have a deep interest in the events—and people—connected with that conflict. The National Park Service has launched a new Civil War website that provides a wealth of information and useful tools for both exploring and learning.

Spring is Prime Time for Hikes in National Military Parks and Battlefields

Burnside's Bridge at Antietam National Battlefield.
Spring is prime time for hikes in National Military Parks and National Battlefields such as Antietam National Battlefield with its many spring interpretive hikes.

Civil War Trust Looks Back on Successful 2011 Campaign and Looks Forward to 2012 Challenges

It was just about a year ago that the Civil War Trust embarked on the first year of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War. During that year, the Trust was able to save more than 2,000 acres of hallowed ground.

National Park Service Offers Online Itinerary For Visiting Civil War Era Cemeteries

Military cemeteries are poignant reminders of past wars, of battles that tore the fabric of societies. Today you can walk these grounds at more than 100 national cemeteries that were created prior to 1870. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the National Park Service has put together an online itinerary you can use to visit these hallowed grounds.
A Photographer Natural beauty in the National Park System is not harbored solely in the Rocky Mountains, the High Sierra, or the Cascades. Drift through the pages of a new book that revolves around the nation's capital and you'll be treated to snow drifts and Swallowtail butterflies in perhaps the most unexpected places.

National Park Service Rolling Out 5-Year Plan to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Civil War

Through the course of the next five years the National Park Service will be rolling out a series of programs to both help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and highlight its impact on the Civil Rights movement in this country.

Anniversary Battlefield Hike to be Held at Antietam National Battlefield on September 17

On September 17, 1862, savage combat at the Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland, yielded 23,000 casualties. This Friday, on the 148th anniversary of the battle that blunted the first Confederate invasion of the North and opened the way to the Emancipation Proclamation, an all-day guided hike at Antietam National Battlefield will give visitors a close encounter with the scenes of the action on "the bloodiest day in American history."

Civil War Buffs, This Photo Contests For You!

Here's a photo contest for all you amateur Civil War buffs. Sponsored by the Civil War Preservation Trust, the Center for Civil War Photography, and History, the deadline to get your images in for consideration is August 31.

The Next Big Wildlife Management Issue for Parks?

White-tailed deer.
A new challenge facing national park managers sounds like material from a Hollywood medical thriller. Unfortunately, it's fact—not fiction—and it has the potential to become a major problem in the years ahead.

23,110 Candles -- One for Each Soldier Killed, Wounded, or Missing

The 20th Annual Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination is slated for December 6, weather permitting. Situated along the five-mile driving tour are 23,110 luminaries – one for each solder killed, wounded, or missing in 12 hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862.

Powerful Storm Spares Witness Trees at Antietam National Battlefield

The powerful storm that struck the National Capital Region on June 4 damaged many park units. Antietam National Battlefield was hit very hard, but it could have been worse. The park’s witness trees escaped unscathed.

Antietam, Monocacy Battlefields on 2008 "Most Endangered" List

Development pressures, cellphone towers, and mining threats are among the concerns that landed the Antietam and Monocacy national battlefields, a portion of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, and seven other battlefields on the 2008 list of "Most Endangered" Civil War battlefields.
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Haunted House at Antietam National Battlefield?

Pry House at Antietam National Battlefield; NPS photo.
Are there ghosts haunting the Pry House at the Antietam National Battlefield? Reporter Erin Julius of the Hagerstown Herald Mail went to investigate last weekend. There is a history of ghostly sightings at the former Civil War field hospital. Read on to discover what the reporter found while ghostbusting.

Commercial Tours Being Lined Up to Mark Civil War Anniversary

Alexander Gardner photo.
With the 150th anniversary of the launch of the Civil War in the offing, tour operators are lining up to explain the conflict to visitors of such parks as Antietam National Battlefield and Gettysburg National Military Park.
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