Antietam National Battlefield is one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields in the country. A nine mile tour road allows for a self-guided tour of the battlefield. The park brochure provides an elementary overview of the battle, and there are several hundred War Department markers along the tour road that provide more detailed descriptions of the action during the battle. In addition, there is other helpful information on our web site.
Staff rides to America's battlefields are a 100 year old tradition. In fact, the five original battlefield parks - Chickamauga, Antietam, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Vicksburg were created by the War Department in the 1890s just for that purpose. Military groups who visit the park as part of their professional military education can qualify for a waiver of the entrance fee. In order for the park to waive the entrance fee for your group, you must submit a fee waiver request. Click here to download the fee waiver form. To view a map of the area, head over to our Maps Page.
Some usefull documents to download:
•The U.S. Army Staff Ride Guide
•Battle Map, pdf 1 mb
•Key to the Battlefield. While visiting the battlefield, you will notice several tablets, markers, monuments and cannons that dot the landscape. All are part of the long term preservation and interpretation of the battlefield. Here is a guide to what you will see, pdf 1451 kb
•Maryland Campaign Staff Ride - History and Recommendations. Seven page paper on the history of Antietam Staff Rides with recomendations for future visits, pdf 1078 kb