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Antietam National Battlefield

Antietam National Battlefield

5831 Dunker Church Road
Sharpsburg, Maryland
21782 USA

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Sharpsburg MD is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Antietam National Battlefield. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

The Battle of Antietam is also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg and was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and U.S. Military history. It took place on September 17, 1862, resulting in over 20,000 deaths.

General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and Union General George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac met near Sharpsburg, Maryland, and the Antietam Creek. When the Confederate Army reached the sunken road, which provided some protection at first, General Robert E. Lee ordered that the battle be held there. Soldiers on both sides fired continuously as the Federals tried repeatedly to overtake the position. Finally, the Confederate soldiers were overrun and bodies fell on top of bodies in the bloodied sunken road. A staggering 23,100 men were wounded, killed, or missing in action after the Union and Confederate Armies collided in the nearby cornfields, farmlands, and Antietam Creek.

The Hauntings

The elements of the spectral energies on these hallowed grounds are intense, not allowing the souls to rest from their horrid battled deaths. Not only was the amount of death and badly injured was disturbing and inconceivably high, but it is also suspected that many soldiers hastily buried in unmarked graves were not deceased.

If you wish to target the most historically impacted stretch, there are two particular locations on the battlefield that are worthwhile visiting. One is Bloody Lane (known initially as Sunken Road) and the other is Burnside Bridge (priorly known as Rohrback Bridge). These are the most supernatural active areas on the battlefield.

According to eyewitnesses, standing on Bloody Lane you may hear gunfire and the smell of the residue of its powder. The quieter and emptier the grounds are, the more potent it is. One visitor to the battlefield saw several men in Confederate uniforms walking on Bloody Lane. He thought they were reenactors until they vanished. The most convincing of the reports is one of some Baltimore schoolboys who walked Bloody Lane and heard singing out in the fields. They said it sounded like a chant or the Christmas song Deck the Halls. They heard a chant similar to Fa-la-la-la-la sound repeatedly. The area was near the observation tower where the Irish Brigade charged the Confederates with a battle cry in Gaelic, which sounded like the Christmas carol.

Another haunted area is Burnside's Bridge, known then as Rohrback Bridge. This is where General Ambrose Burnside pushed the Confederates back after many defeated attempts. Many soldiers were buried quickly in and around the bridge in unmarked graves. Visitors at night have reported seeing balls of blue light moving around the sound of drum playing cadence as it fades into the night. Apparitions of Civil War soldiers are seen and unexplained noises have also been experienced here. Perhaps the Battle of Antietam is not over for some restless spirits.

The Pry House and The Piper House stand on the battlefield. Both are reported to be haunted- stories ranging from footsteps heard on the stairs to apparitions of a woman thought to be the wife of one of the generals who died in the house.

If you ever have occasion to walk through these spaces in Antietam National Battlefield, it will indeed go back in time. It will move you to a point that you will be humbled by the reverence of the experience. The tragic impressions of that day seem to linger and only strengthen as more come to witness their stories. But for some strange and mysterious reason, it seems that no matter how many visitors roam the old road on any given day, it remains church-like quiet.


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Date added: Jan/24/2017 | Last time updated: Jun/16/2020
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