We spent time in the John Brown Museum reading about the raid in 1859 and the aftermath. By the time we exited the museum and walked around the town it was afternoon, and we were hungry.
We headed across the street from the train station to Private Quinn's Pub for a Ruben and a couple of pints of Miner's Daughter Oatmeal Stout (Mountain State Brewing Company). We split the delicious Ruben, but not the beer....:)
After that great lunch we continued our walking tour of Harpers Ferry. Next up was St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church first built in 1833, then rebuilt in 1896....a beautiful stone building.
From there we continued our uphill hike to Jefferson's Rock...yes, the Thomas Jefferson. From the rock you have a view of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers where the come together.
From Harpers Ferry we headed north to Antietam, MD the site of the single bloodiest day in the history of the U.S. On September 17th, 1862 the Union and Confederate armies came together in battle along the banks of Antietam Creek. During that one day battle lasting around 8 hours 27,000 soldiers (15,000 Union and 12,000 Confederate) were killed. That is more than died combined in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Mexican-American war. General Lee lost 25% of his total army that day, but still fought on for 2.5 years more.
We arrived at the Antietam National Battlefield around 2 pm, and spent around 3 hours touring the museum, watching a narrated movie about the battle, and then driving and walking around the battlefield. The observation tower below was built years later. You can walk up many flights of stairs to the top and survey the entire battlefield.
Examples of the many, many monuments built to honor many of the individual regiments from various states who fought in this battle. The one below was built by New York state.