Credit Antietam National Battlefield
During your group trip to Gettysburg, you may want to stop by Antietam National Battlefield. The battle lasted 12 hours and took place on September 17, 1862. There were 23,000 soldiers killed, wounded or missing after this horrific attack. The group can take a tour of the location. If the group has one to two hours, you can do activities such as explore the exhibits at the museum in the visitor center, view a 26 minute introductory film, browse the museum store, or enjoy a ranger walk. If you can stay four hours, visitors can add more to the list of things to do during the visit. You can take a self-guided hike, enjoy a ranger-led walk or talk about the battlefield, or you can visit the Pry House Field Hospital Museum. There are several hiking trails for you to explore. The hiking trails are full of nature and breathtaking views. Your group will find a variety of areas to explore such as the Bloody Lane, the Cornfield, Final Attack, Union Advance, and Antietam Remembered. The Antietam Remembered trail is a quarter mile in length. During the hike, you will pass by some significant landmarks and monuments which help tell the story of the battle. The group will see sites such as the Battlefield Namesake Bell, Colonel S.D. Lee’s Artillery Battalion, the Dunker Church, and the Maryland Monument. You will have the opportunity to stand on the same land as the soldiers who fought during the war. The hike will begin and end at the Visitor Center.