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Anteitam Battlefield



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  • Address: Antietam National Battlefield, 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, MD 21782, USA

Anteitam, Maryland

Anteitam Battlefield Information:

Located along the Antietam Creek, near the Potomac River, close to Sharpsburg, Maryland, the Antietam National Battlefield is an area protected by the National Park Service. It commemorates the American Civil War Battle of Antietam that occurred on September 17, 1862. The battle became known as the single bloodiest day of the entire war. There numbered 23,100 wounded, missing and dead. Union troops encountered Confederates on an old sunken road where fighting went on for nearly 4 hours. This road later became known as “Bloody Lane”.

General Ambrose E. Burnside and his troops spent hours trying to cross a stone bridge over Antietam Creek on the southeastern side of town. Four hundred Georgian soldiers on the Confederate side held them back for nearly 4 hours until they were forced to retreat into Sharpsburg. This battle ended late in the day. Lee began withdrawing his forces across the Potomac River. The wounded were left behind in the Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg and a house west of town called the Grove Farm.

The site features the Antietam battlefield, visitor center, a national military cemetery, and a field hospital.

General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North in the Civil War ended on this battlefield in 1862.

The Antietam National Cemetery is adjacent to the park. It is located on 11.36 acres and contains 5,032 interments. 1,836 of those interments are unidentified. The Antietam National Cemetery contains interments from the Union Army in the Civil War and veterans and their wives from the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and the Koren War. The cemetery was closed to additional interments in 1953.

The Ghosts and Hauntings at the Antietam Battlefield in Anteitam, Maryland:

Floorboards at the Grove Farm, where wounded soldiers were left following the battle, are still stained with blood. People claim that despite a lot of scrubbing and effort, the blood stains refuse to disappear.

Visitors claim to see the ghosts of soldiers killed in battle at Antietam Battlefield in Maryland.

The Sunken Road or “Bloody Lane” at Antietam Battlefield has become known as the most haunted area on the battlefield. People report hearing the sounds of phantom gunfire, and the smell of smoke and gunpowder. Some young school boys once reported hearing a chant of sorts while doing a school history project. They thought the chanting sound were rather like the Christmas song, “Deck the Halls”. They described hearing the part that sounded like Fa la la la la. Interestingly, during the Battle of Antietam, the Irish Brigade passed through Bloody Lane chanting Faugh-a-Balaugh, which was gaelic for “Clear the Way”.

The Pry House (not open to the public) is also said to be haunted. A variety of strange phenomena is said to go on here.

Resources:

The Shadowlord (1998). The Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved February 13, 2011 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/maryland.htm

Wikipedia (2011). Antietam National Battlefield. Retrieved February 13, 2011 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antietam_National_Battlefield

Taylor, T. (1998). Haunted Maryland: The Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg Maryland. Retrieved February 13, 2011 from http://www.prairieghosts.com/antietam.html

Antietam National Battlefield, 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, MD Maryland 21782, USA

Antietam National Battlefield, 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, MD Maryland 21782, USA




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