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The Civil War: Three Key Sites

Harpers Ferry, Antietam, and Gettysburg

All-Day Tour

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Code: 1CD023
Antietam Bridge, Maryland, 1866, by Alexander Gardner (Library of Congress)

Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania were the settings for some of the most momentous events of the Civil War. During this introductory tour led by historian Gregg Clemmer, learn about and explore the sites of three major battles in our region.

The first stop is Harpers Ferry, where the group tours part of the old town and hears about its role during the Industrial Revolution as a center for making weapons for the U.S. government. Clemmer discusses John Brown’s 1859 raid, and its role as a major cause of the Civil War. Sites visited include John Brown’s Fort and the sites of the U.S. Arsenal and Armory.

Next, travel to Antietam National Battlefield, one of the best-preserved Civil War sites in the country. Here on Sept. 17, 1862, Union and Confederate forces fought the bloodiest one-day battle in American history. After 12 hours of combat, there were more than 23,000 casualties. Participants visit landmarks such as Dunker Church, Miller’s Cornfield, Bloody Lane, and Burnside Bridge.

Gettysburg National Military Park commemorates the largest battle ever fought in North America, July 1–3, 1863. Visit key landmarks such as Little Round Top, the Wheatfield, and Cemetery Ridge, as well as the site of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The day concludes at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitors Center.

A gourmet box lunch is included.

Fringe stop at about 8:55 a.m.

Dress for site walks on trails or uneven ground.

Departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at
550 C St SW (corner of 6th & C Sts)
Fringe: I-270, Exit 26 Urbana Carpool lot