Experience Antietam Hikes

Summer 2024

This summer the Antietam Institute is offering a series of weekly members-only battlefield excursions called “Experience Antietam.”  These two-hour programs on Wednesday evenings will be led by Antietam Institute historians and will cover seminal parts of the battlefield over the course of nine weeks.  In addition to the Cornfield, the Sunken Road and the Burnside Bridge, excursions will focus on the fighting in the East Woods, the West Woods, actions at the Middle Bridge and the Final Attack. There will be no cost to Antietam Institute members. 

Each week participants will meet at the New York State Monument by the Visitor Center at 4:30pm. Participants will be required to pay the park entrance fee or show a current National Park Service pass at the Information Desk. 

Registration is required but there is no cost to attend these excursions. Registration for each hike will open two weeks or three weeks in advance.

Note that you need to be a current member and login before you can register online for these weekly hikes.

Experience Antietam Series Schedule

July 3 The Road to Antietam: Background and the East Woods fighting of September 16, 1862

July 10 “The Lines Melted Away Like Wax:” The Federal First Corps in the Bloody Cornfield

July 17 Sweeping the Cornfield: The Twelfth Corps Attacks the Cornfield and East Woods

July 24 “Back Boys, for God’s sake move back; you are in a bad fix!”: The West Woods

July 31 The Middle Bridge: the fight for Cemetery Hill

August 7 “The Dead were as thick as autumn leaves”: The Sunken Road

August 14 A Bridge Too Far: The Fight for the Lower (Burnside) Bridge

August 21 McClellan’s Last Great Opportunity: The Final Attack

August 28 The Last Full Measure: The Battle’s Aftermath & Remembrance