Antietam National Battlefield Collection

Canon at sunrise

On September 17, 1862, over 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing in the bloodiest one-day battle in American history. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Collection Summary

Civil War weapons; military uniforms and equipment; documents; lithographs; photographs; military and personal papers of Henry Kyd Douglas; Captain James Hope paintings; Cope-Carman battlefield maps; archeological objects systematically recovered from within the park's boundaries and associated field records.

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Facilities Exhibiting Museum Items Curator

Stephanie Gray

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Last updated: March 25, 2016