"It was a tremendous amount of carnage just about every second somebody fell at the Battle of Antietam," says Tom Riford, president and CEO of the Washington County Visitor's Bureau.
The battle fought on grounds of
"You can see this battlefield easily in just half a day there were three phases of the battle; the cornfield and the west woods and then you have bloody lane and burnside bridge," says Riford.
And for ambitious visitors, they can also venture to another significant landmark of the Civil War in less than an hour.
"Just 45 minutes away you can see
"It was the high point of the confederacy," says Riford. "As far north as the confederates made it and it was sort of the beginning of the end."
The battle of
"People should come to
But these Civil War battlefields are much more than haunted pieces of land or the scenes of a bloody war.
They are pieces of history that have helped keep a puzzle of American freedoms united.