• Cannon and Cornfield at Dawn

    Antietam

    National Battlefield Maryland

Teaching Materials

We are pleased to provide you with both on-site and classroom teaching materials. These packets and documents will provide you with information about the Battle of Antietam and provide you with lessons and activities that supplement your study of the battle.

Teacher Packet for Kindergarten-4th Grade (pdf, 3.2 MB, 50 pages).

Teacher Packet for 5th-8th Grade (pdf, 1.4 MB, 57 pages).

Teacher Packet for 9th-12th Grade (pdf, 1.57 MB, 52 pages).

Antietam PowerPoint Presentation (12.2 mb).

Teacher-Led Tour Materials:

"Antietam: People and Places" Self-guided Driving Tour Guide (pdf, 8.2 MB, 25 pages).

"Contradictions and Divided Loyalties: Slavery on the Antietam Battleground." Self-guided Driving Tour Guide (pdf, 2.3 MB, 10 pages).

Map for Auto Tour (pdf, 130 KB, 1 page).

Here is a collection of "Scavenger Hunt" worksheets for students to complete when they visit the park:

Visitor Center Museum Scavenger Hunt (pdf, 47 kb, 2 pages).

Answer Sheet for Visitor Center Museum Scavenger Hunt (pdf, 50 kb, 2 pages).

Scavenger Hunt (pdf, 503 KB, 3 pages).

Scavenger Hunt for Maryland Students (pdf, 828 KB, 4 pages).

Scavenger Hunt for Ohio Students (pdf, 1.1 MB, 4 pages).

Scavenger Hunt for Pennsylvania Students (pdf, 891 KB, 4 pages).

Scavenger Hunt for Virginia Students (pdf, 773 kb, 4 pages).

On-Site Teacher Led Activities:

Mumma/Roulette Farm Education Trail Guide (pdf, 4.2 MB, 37 pages).

Mumma Cemetery Exploration Worksheet (pdf, 763 KB, 4 pages).

10 page "Interview a Monument" Worksheet and Background Materials (pdf, 330 KB).

You're the Gunner Math Activity (pdf, 167 KB, 2 pages).

Antietam National Cemetery Teacher Packet (pdf, 8 MB, 34 pages).

Antietam National Cemetery student packet (pdf, 1.5 MB, 6 pages).

Traveling Trunk Antietam National Battlefield offers a "Life of a Civil War Soldier" travelling trunk designed for students in grades 3-6. Please contact us at 301-432-5124 or by email to reserve the trunk. The trunk is free to use. We do request that teachers pick it up in person and that they keep it no longer than two weeks.

Audio-Visual Materials

There is a 6-minute youtube video where park rangers describe the battle. You can watch the video by clicking here.

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  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    The Battle of Harpers Ferry, 1862: Emancipation!

    Following the 1862 Battles of Harpers Ferry and Antietam, General Robert E. Lee’s army retreated back to Virginia, providing President Lincoln with the victory he needed; he could now issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Although this document didn’t end the war, it changed the meaning of the war and proved crucial to its eventual outcome. What did it say? What didn’t it say? Why was it so important? And what happened to the members of Company A, 126th New York?

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    The Battle of Harpers Ferry, 1862: Rats in a Cage

    When Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army invaded Maryland in September 1862, he found it necessary to eliminate the threat to his rear – the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry. This led to the crucial Battle and Siege of Harpers Ferry, an operation that resulted in the surrender of over 12,000 Union soldiers, the largest surrender of U.S. troops until World War II. And what part did the 126th New York play in this battle?

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    The Battle of Harpers Ferry, 1862: Harpers Ferry is the Key!

    When war broke out in April 1861, Harpers Ferry was still producing weapons for the U.S. Government, but that spring, the Confederates dismantled both weapons’ factories and sent the machines south. Yet Harpers Ferry remained important to the Union. Why? Students will learn about the town’s importance, a little bit about soldier life, and of the 126th New York’s first experiences in this border town after their arrival in August 1862.

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    The Battle of Harpers Ferry, 1862: Joining Up!

    When war broke out in April 1861, thousands of young men rushed to join the colors. Why were they so anxious to go off to war? Then, after the horrors of war had been exposed, why were thousands more willing to enlist in 1862? Why did men of central New York decide to join a new unit, the 126th New York Volunteer Infantry in August of 1862? Each student will receive the identity of an actual soldier from that regiment, and eventually find out what happened to him as a result of the war.

  • Antietam National Battlefield

    High School Lesson Plan "Women in the Civil War"

    This lesson plan can be used to help your students explore some of the important roles that women had during the Civil War. Students will read one primary and two secondary sources and then complete two writing assignments.

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    Middle School Lesson Plan, "Flags that Talk"

    Students will work together in groups to send and receive messages using signal flags that they have made.

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    Elementary School Lesson Plan, "Antietam: Then and Now"

    Students will study historic photographs, sketches, and paintings of the battle and then compare them to modern photographs of the battlefield. They will then complete a worksheet that compares the battlefield then and now

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    High School Lesson Plan, "Freedom at Antietam"

    Students will read and evaluate primary and secondary resources and then complete and present a writing assignment based on the point of view of one of the persons they learned about.

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    Middle School Lesson Plan, "War Correspondent Activity"

    Students will assume the role of war correspondents and gather facts about the battle through utilizing primary and secondary sources. Using these sources, students will learn about the Battle of Antietam and then write and illustrate a period newspaper.

  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

    Habeas Corpus in Crisis Times

    Habeas Corpus in Crisis Times

    Students will explore original source materials illuminating the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus during the Civil War. Students will examine Lincoln’s suspension of the writ of habeas corpus and the non-judicial detention of Southern sympathizers during the Civil War.

Did You Know?

Artillery at Antietam

Over 500 cannons participated in the Battle of Antietam, firing over 50,000 rounds of ammunition. The cannonade was so severe that Confederate artillery commander Colonel S.D. Lee described the battle as "artillery hell."