Tour Stop 11 - Antietam National Cemetery
After the battle the dead were buried where they fell on the battlefield. Later they were reinterred along with Union soldiers who died in combat or in hospitals throughout the region. A total of 4,776 Union soldiers rest here along with dead from four other wars. Separate even in death. Confederate soldiers were buried in Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland and Shepherdstown, Virginia, now West Virginia.
Did You Know?
The 15th Massachusetts Infantry went into the Battle of Antietam with 606 soldiers. 318 were killed or wounded, the highest number for any Union regiment in the battle. Their monument features a wounded lion carved in granite.