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?
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."