Antietam National Cemetery

Sharpsburg, Maryland

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Antietam National Cemetery is located off MD-34 in Sharpsburg, Maryland (Washington County). The coordinates are 39° 27' 33" N, 77° 44' 30" W. It is located across the street from Mountain View Cemetery.

Antietam National Cemetery is no longer active, it was closed in 1953. However, one exception was made in 2000 when Patrick Howard Roy, a United States Navy veteran, was killed during the attack on the USS Cole. There are 4,776 Union soldiers buried here, of which 1,836 are unknown. There are also 261 veterans from other wars buried at the cemetery.

Antietam National Cemetery was dedicated by President Andrew Johnson on September 17, 1867 - the fifth anniversary of the battle. Planning started on the cemetery though in 1864, when Maryland State Senator Lewis P. Firey introduced a plan to establish a national cemetery. The plan was approved, and in March 1865 the state purchased 11¼ acres to be used for the cemetery.

Although the cemetery was dedicated in 1867, the large Private Soldier monument that is located at the center of the cemetery wasn't dedicated until September 17, 1880. The monument, sometimes called "Old Simon", is enormous - it weights about 30 tons and stands 21½ tall! The statue is a Union infantryman who is facing the north.

Antietam National Cemetery is maintained by the National Park Service. It is very well taken care of, and it's a beautiful place to visit.

For more information, please visit the National Park Service site.

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