Antietam to Harper's Ferry
First Ride the awesome Antietam
Then ride 17 miles on pretty Harper's
Ferry Road from Antietam to Historic Harper's Ferry:
This 17 mile ride begins at the
Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland and ends
Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.
Antietam National Battlefield (map)
is every bit the equal of Gettysburg. The ride through the park is
beautiful and a huge contrast to what happened here. From the Park's
website: "23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve
hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. 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
The displays in the Visitor's Center are
very well done.
Items recovered from battlefield
The Dunker Church was the Northern Army's
Northern troops marched through the
cornfield on their way to the Dunker Church. Many did not make it.
Southern troops lined up along the fence
to repel the Northerners.
Fighting then shifted to this sunken road.
It earned the infamous name "Bloody Lane."
The Sunken Road (Bloody Lane)
The last major offensive involved Northern
troops under General Burnside trying to cross this bridge which now
bears his name.
Budget a few hours for this remarkable
Once done at Antietam, follow beautiful
Harper's Ferry Road along the Potomac River to
Harper's Ferry (map).
Antietam to Harper's Ferry, WV
Historic Harper's Ferry has a nice Old
Town and a National Historic Park. John Brown tried to start a slave
revolt and fought his last stand in the blockhouse below.
John Brown's Fort
Take some time to explore the streets of
the Old Town and visit some park sites shown on the Google Map and the
Park map. The combination of Antietam and Harper's Ferry make for a
great day on the way to/from Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.