- Aug 20, 2003Antietam anniversary hikes have been announced.
Visit <A HREF="www.nps.gov/anti/Hikes03.htm">www.nps.gov/anti/Hikes03.htm</A> for full details.
Tours for Saturday, Sept 13 and Sunday, Sept 14th are:
7- 8 a.m. "A Great Tumbling Together of All Heaven and Earth"- The Opening
Guns of Battle - This 1-mile hike follows the route of Hooker's attack from the
North Woods, through the Cornfield, toward the Dunker Church. Tour stop #2
-the North Woods.
8:15 - 9:30 a.m. "The Dogs of War are Loose"- Hood's Counterattack and the
arrival of the 12th Corps - 1-mile hike following the charge of the Texas
Brigade and their terrible struggle in the "Cornfield" only to be turned back by
Union General Joseph Mansfield 12th Corps. Dunker Church
10-11:15 a.m. "What In Gods Name are you Fighting For?"- Massacre in the West
Woods - The fighting in the West Woods was desperate and destructive. This
¾-mile hike follows the fateful attack of Sedgwick's Division that advanced into
the West Woods and lost over half its men killed and wounded. New York
Monument just north of the Visitor Center.
12:15 -2 p.m. "...The Adjacent Planes were Covered with a Carpet of Red, Blue
and Gray"- Attack and Defense of the Sunken Road - Two simultaneous 1-mile
hikes, one hike follows the Union advance on, the other the Confederate defense
of, the Sunken Road. Both hikes conclude at "Bloody Lane." Visitors must
choose one hike. Visitor Center
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. "...We Showered the Lead Across that Creek..."- The Fight
for Burnside Bridge - This ¼-mile walk focuses on the series of Union attacks
against the Battlefield's best known landmark. Tour stop #9 - At the Burnside
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. "...The Regiment Prepared for the Final Struggle"- Beyond
Burnside Bridge - 1½-mile hike following the route of the Union advance on
Sharpsburg, only to be turned back by A.P. Hill's Confederate counterattack.
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