160th Battle Anniversary

The Battle of Antietam - 160th Anniversary Programs

The Battle of Antietam will be commemorated September 10, 16-18 and 24-25, 2022. A symposium, plus a full schedule of tours, hikes, talks and living history programs will be offered by park staff, historians, and volunteers exploring the events that unfolded during and after the Maryland Campaign of 1862.
 
Saturday, September 10
“Exposed to the Fire of Slavery and Freedom:” A Symposium Commemorating the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam
JBK Theater, Frederick Community College
Join us at Frederick Community College’s Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Maryland, 21702. Doors open at 8:15 am. Talks starting at 8:30 am. Programs are free and open to the public.
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Friday, September 16th
Program Description Starting Location Time Duration
Prelude to Battle A short battlefield hike that will look at what happened on the afternoon and evening of September 16, 1862. Visitor Center 6:00 pm 90 minutes
Saturday, September 17th
Sunrise at Antietam Experience sunrise on the morning of the 160th Anniversary in the famous Cornfield. Tour
Stop 4
6:45 am 1 hour
Ranger Guided Driving Tours Car caravan tour of the battlefield. Follow the ranger in your vehicle to three stops. Visitor Center 10:15 am
1:15 pm
2 1/2 hours
Orientation Talks Overview of the Maryland Campaign. Visitor Center 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm 30 minutes
Weapon Firing Demonstrations Living history program demonstrating artillery and infantry. Visitor Center 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm 45 minutes
Battlefield Hikes Five hikes at key areas of the park following the battle as it unfolded.
►Battle for the Cornfield Tour
Stop 4
8:30 am Each hike is
1/2 mile
to 1 mile
& lasts
about 90 minutes
►Massacre in the West Woods Visitor Center 10:00 am
►Struggle for the Sunken Road Visitor Center 11:30 am
►Attack and Defense of the Burnside Bridge Tour
Stop 9
2:00 pm
►The Final Attack Tour
Stop 9
3:30 pm
Sunday, September 18th
Program Description Starting Location Time Duration
Ranger Guided Driving Tours Car caravan tour of the battlefield. Follow the ranger in your vehicle to three stops. Visitor Center 10:15 am
1:15 pm
2 1/2 hours
Orientation Talks Overview of the Maryland Campaign. Visitor Center 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm 30 minutes
Weapon Firing Demonstrations Living history program demonstrating artillery and infantry. Visitor Center 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm 45 minutes
Battlefield Hikes Five hikes at key areas of the park following the battle as it unfolded.
►Battle for the Cornfield Tour
Stop 4
8:30 am Each hike is
1/2 mile
to 1 mile
& lasts
about 90 minutes
►Massacre in the West Woods Visitor Center 10:00 am
►Struggle for the Sunken Road Visitor Center 11:30 am
►Attack and Defense of the Burnside Bridge Tour
Stop 9
2:00 pm
►The Final Attack Tour
Stop 9
3:30 pm
 
Map of the visitor center with programs

NPS Map

 
Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th
This weekend is dedicated to the aftermath of the battle
Program Description Starting Location Time Duration
Grand Army of the Republic Living history volunteers will portray members of the Grand Army of the Republic and discuss veterans' commemorations in the years following the battle. Dunker Church 10-4 Saturday
10-4 Sunday
Ongoing
PROGRAMS AT THE MUMMA FARM
United States Sanitary Commission Living history volunteers tell the story of the Commission and the role it played in improving the life of the Civil War soldier. Mumma Farm 10-4 Saturday
10-1 Sunday
Ongoing
Civil War Music Hear and learn about the music of the Civil War. Mumma Farm 10:15 am 45 minutes
Civil War Photography Demonstration of the wet plate photographic process that was used by Alexander Gardner to record the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam Mumma Farm 11:15 am
2:15 pm
45 minutes
The Emancipation Proclamation Learn about this important outcome of the Battle of Antietam Mumma Farm 1:15 pm 45 minutes
PROGRAMS STARTING AT THE VISITOR CENTER
Orientation Talks Overview of the Maryland Campaign. Visitor Center 10:00 am
3:00 pm
30 minutes
Aftermath of Battle Learn about the impact of the Battle of Antietam on the community. Visitor Center 11:00 am 30 minutes
Ranger Guided Driving Tour Car caravan tour of the battlefield. Follow the ranger in your vehicle to three stops. Visitor Center 12 pm 2 1/2 hours
"A Most Disagreeable Task" This 1/2 mile hike explores the care of the dead and wounded from the battle. Visitor Center 2:00 pm 1 hour
 
Map of visitor center with programs

NPS Map

Last updated: July 30, 2022

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