Antietam National Military Park -a photo essay

In late May 2011, I had the opportunity to swing by the Antietam National Battlefield Park while on a business trip. By the time I reached the park, the sun was already beginning to set, as it was nearing 7:30 p.m. This National Park Service battlefield is one of my favorites as urban sprawl is at a minimum in Sharpsburg, Maryland. It seems that the battlefield is stuck in the 19th Century – with the exception of the monuments that cover the field of battle. While the clouds did not provide the level of color I had hoped for, the battlefield was none the less beautiful. I visited the Dunker Church, the Corn Field and the Bloody Lane before darkness totally blanketed the park.

Click HERE to view my short photo essay from Antietam.

Click HERE to view my collection of pictures from Antietam.


About Michael Noirot

I grew up in the Central Illinois farming community, of Dunlap. Growing up, I played sports, tinkered with cars and enjoyed photography. While I did well in school, I did not become passionate about history until my early 30's. I have built a large library, of books on early America, politics and the Civil War. I am an avid reader. Fortunately, I have had plenty of opportunities to travel, over the years, and have been to most of the Civil War battlefields. I work while I travel, so more often than not, I am up, in the middle of the night, to get sunrise pictures, or I will be out until well after dark, exploring Civil War battlefields. I have other hobbies, and passions, that I really enjoy. Number one on the list would be guitar. I play my guitars on a regular basis, and enjoy the Bluegrass, and Contemporary Christian (CCM) genres. I play a style of guitar, called FLATPICKING, where using a flat pick, you play lead solos, similar to the way a fiddle would have been played during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Laura, my wife, and I also enjoy scuba diving, travel and spending time at our property, in the country. Lastly, we spend as much time with our families, as possible. Thanks for stopping by.
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5 Responses to Antietam National Military Park -a photo essay

  1. Thomas Lynch says:

    Good Afternoon Michael:

    I have followed your many postings under the Mighty Scourge title for quite some time. I am a transplanted Bostonian living very happily in North Mississippi. Your note suggest you have an extensive collection of Civil War literature. I am particularly interested in history related to (a) battle of Sulphur Trestle (b) Cahaba (Ala.) Prison (c) Sultana disaster (d) Forrest’s raid into Memphis and (e) spies for both sides during the conflict. Can you point me to any sources that might help me in this regard.

    Many thanks and best wishes

    Tom Lynch
    Senatobia, MS

  2. Greg Taylor says:

    I’m making my first visit to Antietam next month. I’ve set aside the entire first day of my vacation (not counting the flight from LAX to BWI) to visit the battlefield. I can hardly wait and seeing these pictures makes the wait seem even longer! I first read about the battle in Bruce Catton’s “Mr. Lincoln’s Army” as a teenager almost 50 years ago. Since then it has been my dream to visit Antietam. If you have any suggestions for a first time visitor I would love to hear them.

  3. Richard Norris says:

    It’s nice that this battlefield has managed to stave off the urban sprawl that threatens so many others. Have been through Sharpsburg twice over the years, but didn’t have the time to stop. Hope to rectify this next year, when I will be up that way again.

  4. Tom,
    Thanks for reading my blog. I appreciate your kind comments. I would suggest that you search Cahaba Prison and Sultana disaster on There are several reputable works listed.

  5. Greg,

    You will definitely want to plan on spending the entire day at Antietam. If you can spare a second day, I would recommend that you visit the South Mountain sites – they are quite good. Contact John Hoptak via the Antietam Visitor Center. John is a park ranger there and gives a wonderful tour of the final attack route. It is often overlooked, but is absolutely fascinating. Have fun!

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