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  • Writer's pictureKen Murray

A Tour of Antietam National Battlefield

Shelly and I decided to have a daytrip today. We got up early, tended to our cats, got ready, and headed to tour the Antietam National Battlefield, the site of the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War. 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

It was a beautiful, sunny day, with temperatures in the low to mid 40's. We started our tour and followed the virtual tour on the National Park Service website, which had information and a Youtube video about the stop. Here's a map of the battlefield.

Here are some photos of the tour.

After the tour, we drove to Hagerstown and dined outside at the 28 South restaurant. It was chilly, but we dressed for the cold and were comfortable. All in all, it was a wonderful day.

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