• Cannon and Cornfield at Dawn

    Antietam

    National Battlefield Maryland

Storm Tears Through Antietam Battlefield

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Date: June 5, 2008

Shortly before 3:00 P.M. on June 4, a severe storm ripped through Antietam Battlefield. Heavy rains and super strong winds toppled, at least 80 – 100 trees throughout the battlefield. The National Cemetery will remain closed until further notice due to the high number of fallen trees. No injuries were reported, but there was damage to a few of the historic buildings on the battlefield. The battlefield staff responded quickly to remove trees that had shut down the section of MD Rt. 65 that passes through the park as well as other blocked sections of the tour route. See the photos here.

 

Did You Know?

Robert Gould Shaw

Robert Gould Shaw served as a Captain in the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry and was wounded in the Cornfield at Antietam before taking command of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry made famous in the movie Glory.