Antietam National Battlefield – April Events
April 4 - April 19
April Event Schedule
Saturday, 4th – Artillery at Antietam – Over 500 cannons added their destructive fire to the Battle of Antietam in what one soldier described as a “savage continual thunder.” This one mile hike will look at Civil War artillery, ammunition, organization, and key positions on the field. Meet the ranger at the visitor center, 1PM.
Sunday, 5th – Structures at Antietam – Join a ranger as we hike to several of the historic farmsteads on the battlefield. We will be discussing the impact the fighting had on the families, current NPS plans with the structures, and the history of the structure and surrounding outbuildings. This program will meet at the visitor center at 1 PM.
Saturday, 11th -“Carnage on both sides was terrific” Miller’s Cornfield – Hike the epicenter of the battle of Antietam during the morning hours of the bloodiest one day in American history. The program will begin at the New York State Monument at 1PM.
Sunday, 12th – “Like wheeling a wheelbarrow over a mile of heaped up cobblestones” – The Philadelphia Brigade in the West Woods –A veteran of the Philadelphia Brigade described their advance through the East Woods and toward the West Woods as “like wheeling a wheelbarrow over a mile of heaped up cobblestones.” This quote not only aptly describes their advance, but also could be applied to the parallel struggle, which lasted much longer, for African Americans to be emancipated from slavery and secure full citizenship rights. On our hike, we will cover not only the Philadelphia Brigade’s fight in the West Woods, but also the complex relationship of certain members of the brigade to the African American freedom struggle. Meet the ranger at the visitor center, 1PM.
Saturday, 18th – Spring has Sprung Discovery Hike -Join us for a two mile hike along the Snavely Ford Trail and discover more about spring blooms, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the plants and animals that reside on Antietam National Battlefield. Participants will meet near the parking area for tour stop number 9 (Burnside Bridge) at 1PM.
Sunday, 19th – The Final Attack – Join a ranger for this battlefield hike that will focus on the left end of Burnside’s Final Attack. Meet at the temporary parking area near Tour Stop 9, Burnside Bridge at 1PM. This hike is about 3 miles and will last approximately 2 hours.
All of the hikes will last approximately 2 hours and participants should dress for the weather, we will hike, rain or shine.