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 Posted: Mon Apr 26th, 2010 09:16 pm
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Does anyone know which battlefield/National Park is larger or which has more land preserved?  Antietam seemed vast, but I have a feeling that Gettysburg is larger.  Thanks for your help.



 Posted: Mon Apr 26th, 2010 10:32 pm
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Gettysburg...especially if you include the area encompassing the Confederates approach from the west(first shot fired monument etc).



 Posted: Tue Apr 27th, 2010 01:33 am
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Add onto that the cavalry fields, and the railroad station, and the Wills House. I think Gettysburg wins, area-wise.

Pam



 Posted: Tue Apr 27th, 2010 04:49 am
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Gettysburg: 5,990 acres

Antietam: 2,741 acres



 Posted: Tue Apr 27th, 2010 03:25 pm
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If you want to just go through each battlefield and hit each spot for pictures then you could do Antietam in half a day and Gettysburg in a day. If you really want to study the ground and take it in then it will take longer.



 Posted: Wed Apr 28th, 2010 12:00 am
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I especially enjoy both but Antietam is my favorite because I can park at the visitors center and walk virtually the entire field, Burnsides bridge is quite a hike but the remainder is easily accessible by foot. My main criticism of Gettysburg is the amount of driving, not that big a deal, one has to do to access the different areas.



 Posted: Wed Apr 28th, 2010 04:54 am
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Hey everyone,

And sadly, Antietam doesn't have anything nearly as cool as General Pickett's Buffet!  History AND indigestion, all neatly rolled into one vacation!

Adam



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Both fields are great, and best, on bicycle.

Luckily touring Antietam chronologically it's all downhill from the Hagerstown Pike to Burnsides bridge.

Gettysburg is a bit more pedal work. I like the ride down Sedgwick Avenue past the roundtops, many Union monuments, into empty fields and then the first CSA marker appears as the road becomes south confederate avenue and sloooooowly bends north onto Seminary ridge...


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