I stopped here on my way back to DC from the pageant (I love being a History Dork! Plus, it fits in with the New Years’ resolution to see new sites!). My favorite new knowledge… six generals died here, three on each side. How’s that for fairness in a battle that ended up a decisive turning point in the Civil War?!

Known for being the “Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History,” at the Battle of Antietam (or the Battle of Sharpsburg) 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of fighting on September 17, 1862. Antietam led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.