By Paula Tremba
February 12, 2013
New Year's Day hike at Antietam on the Three Farms Trail with twin granddaughters from New Mexico.
On September 17,1862, more than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing in the battle at Antietam, a pivotal battle in the Civil War. Visitors can take a self-guided 8.5 mile tour of the battlefield by car, bicycle or on foot. The park includes the Antietam National Cemetery, which honors 5,000 Union soldiers who died in the battle.