• Cannon and Cornfield at Dawn

    Antietam

    National Battlefield Maryland

Rivers and Streams

Antietam Creek, one of Antietam National Battlefield’s most significant natural features, is an important historical landmark, a tributary of the Potomac River, and a popular recreational spot. Nearly three miles of the creek and about one mile of its tributaries are located within the park’s boundaries. About two miles south of the park, the creek’s waters flow into the Potomac River, which becomes one of the largest tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest and most productive estuary.

Did You Know?

Bodies on the battlefield

Alexander Gardner's photographs of Antietam were the first ever images to show dead soldiers on the field of battle. A New York Times article about the photographs said it was if the "dead had been laid at our doorsteps." More...