Antietam Battlefield Commemorates 160th Anniversary

SHARPSBURG, MD News (9/17/2022) – In a multi-day event at Antietam National Battlefield, the 160th Anniversary of the campaign will be commemorated. A symposium, plus a full schedule of tours, hikes, talks and living history programs will be offered by park staff, historians, and volunteers exploring the events that unfolded during and after the Maryland Campaign of 1862 in the US Civil War.

The weekend of 9/16-9/18 will be dedicated to the battle itself, including a car caravan tour of the battlefield, living history program demonstrating artillery and infantry, and five hikes at key areas of the park following the battle as it unfolded.

The following weekend, 9/24-9/25, will be dedicated to the aftermath of the battle. Living history volunteers will portray members of the Grand Army of the Republic and discuss veterans’ commemorations in the years following the battle.

At the Mumma Farm, visitors can hear and learn about the music of the Civil War, and witness a demonstration of the wet plate photographic process that was used by Alexander Gardner to record the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam. Visitors will also learn about The Emancipation Proclamation, part of the important outcome of the Battle of Antietam.

A full schedule of events is available on the National Park Service website.

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