We next headed to the Paw Paw Tunnel which is a rather long tunnel that encompasses a hiking trail. Being that the trip was in the middle of some rather intensive physical therapy on my knee  – I decided to forego this very fun hike and wait for my family by driving around town. However, riding around town took me two and a half minutes  … so that was that. But the marathon-running family did not take too long to navigate the tunnel … so we were once again on our way.

WHERE: Antietam

WHAT: Antietam was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. The one day at Antietam had more soldiers killed than any other battle in American History: 23,000 lost their lives including six generals (3 union, 3 confederate).

Antietam looks like many other battle fields – the self-guided tour takes you down and up several roads, surrounded by farmland with some recognizable landmarks – which can be very interesting …

Except the day continued very, very, VERY cold. The day was particularly cold on top of the tower overlooking the sunken road.

So we did get out and walk around, but we moved quite quickly.

Anyhow – the major landmarks at Antietam are the Bloody Lane, the Dunker Church and the Burnside Bridge.

AND: The battle happened on September 15, 1862 and lasted 12 hours. By late morning the fighting had centered around the Sunken Road … known since that time as Bloody Lane. Some of the generals fighting here included Stonewall Jackson, James Longstreet, George McClellan and Ambrose Burnside.

 KID FACTOR: Civil War battlefields are always a great place for young kids to run around. Older kids might be interested – depending on their overall interest in history. But visiting the battlefields is a great way to get them interested for future school projects.

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