Antietam Trip Report
from December 28, 2006
by Tom Shay (Cressona, PA)

Despite being December 28, 2006, the weather forecast promised lots of sun and warmth. Hence,
I headed to Antietam battlefield to do some preparation for upcoming tours I am working on,
plus  it's always a grand day when you can stomp around such a great park.

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NEWS:
There are two new trails under development. First new one is along south edge of West Woods. They
have cleared the old wagon trail that ran from the pike to Locher Farm. The other new trail is on east side of
Burnside Bridge. Rangers were using GPS to lay it out yesterday. Both new trails will be detailed in forthcoming brochures,
which will be available for minimal fee in Spring 2007.  Also note that the old trail from Mumma to Roulette Farm has been
changed so that it now avoids the marshy ground. It is also now well mowed.

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I left home at 5 AM and headed down Route 15 through Gettysburg to Frederick.
I then headed west on Alt 40 to seek site noted in recent Blue &Gray issue on Iron Brigade.


(Above) Marameade
This was McClellan's HQ during Battle Of South Mountain

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(Above) Henry Shoemaker house
Possible hospital site during and after Battle Of South Mountain

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(Above) "Stone House"
Site of advance of 2nd Wisconsin and 19th Indiana of Iron Brigade up South Mtn

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(Above)  South Mountain Inn
Known as Mountain House during the Civil War
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(Above)  Widow Snyder home
Used as hospital during Battle Of Antietam
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(Above & below)  Hoffman Farm
Used as hospital during Battle Of Antietam

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(Above & below)  George Line Farm
Used as hospital during Battle Of Antietam and site of General Mansfield's death

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My first stop on the battlefield was the cemetery.
Go to next page for details.