11th ICMG Field Trips

Antietam National Battlefield

WED JUNE 17: The Battle of Antietam, fought on 17 September 1862, is the single bloodiest day in American history as 23,100 soldiers were killed, wounded, or declared missing when the fighting ended. Although the geology of a battlefield rarely truly affects the outcome of battle, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Maryland campaign and the Battle of Antietam fought against Union General George B. McClellan in 1862 are major exceptions to this rule. Lee used the geology and structure of the area in choosing the invasion route, in a major delaying tactic prior to the battle, and in the battle itself. On this field trip, we will show how geology and terrain affect the numbers casualties during the battle, and to some extent, the outcome of the battle itself. Website: http://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm

Fort McHenry National Monument

THUR JUNE 18: Fort McHenry trip description: Protecting Baltimore Harbor, Fort McHenry is a coastal star-shaped fort that was the site of the famous battle in 1814 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner.  A short film and guided ranger program will explain the history of the fort during the War of 1812, the Civil War, and both World Wars. Website: http://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm

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