On September 17th, 1862, Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac clashed along the banks of Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, MD. It would become the Civil War’s single bloodiest day of combat.
Although the dramatic last minute arrival of reinforcements rescued Lee’s army from destruction, the rebels were forced to abandon their invasion of the north. Emboldened by success, Abraham Lincoln would followup the Union victory with the release of the Emancipation Proclamation, elevating the conflict into a struggle for human dignity.
Meeting Point: Antietam National Battlefield Park Visitor Center
Duration: 3 Hours
Starting Time: 10PM or 1PM (Runs Daily)
Includes: Tour Guide
Highlights: Dunker Church, Bloody Lane, Burnside Bridge, The Cornfield, The West Woods