• Photo of cannon at Antietam National Battlefield

    The Civil War

Places

Makeshift hospitals for the wounded, private homes turned into battle headquarters, and more memorials than one can count - a wide variety of structures and sites were either directly affected by the Civil War, or later built in commemoration of it. And not surprisingly, as the caretaker of America's treasures, including battlefields and military parks, hundreds of the sites that still remain are today located within the National Park System.

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  • Antietam National Battlefield

    Antietam Battlefield - Clara Barton Monument

    Photo of Clara Barton Monument at Antietam National Battlefield

    "During the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, Clara Barton brought supplies and nursing aid to the wounded on this battlefield. This act of love and mercy led to the birth of the present American National Red Cross." Read more

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    Antietam Battlefield - Dunker Church

    Photo of Dunker Church in the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam

    Dunker Church, a meeting house for the German Baptist Brethren who lived in the Sharpsburg area, was the focal point of repeated clashes during the Battle of Antietam as both the Union and Confederate armies sought to occupy and hold the high ground around it. Read more

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    Antietam Battlefield - Mumma Farm

    Wartime photo showing destroyed Mumma family buildings

    Burned by the Confederates to prevent their use by Union sharpshooters, the Mumma farm was the only civilian property intentionally destroyed during the battle. Read more

  • Antietam National Battlefield

    Antietam Battlefield - Observation Tower

    Early 20th-century postcard showing Observation Tower

    The Observation Tower, which provides a sweeping panorama of the Antietam battlefield, was constructed at the end of the Sunken Road in 1897 by the War Department as part of its efforts to make the battlefield into an open air classroom. Read more

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    Antietam Battlefield - Philip Pry Farm

    Wartime photo of the Philip Pry House

    The Philip Pry House served as headquarters for Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, Union commander during the Battle of Antietam, and as a field hospital and headquarter of the Army of the Potomac medical department in the aftermath. Read more