Three Civil War Battlefields: Harpers Ferry, Antietam and Gettysburg
Dive deep into the story of the Civil War as you learn about John Brown’s raid in Harpers Ferry, the Emancipation Proclamation in Sharpsburg and the war’s turning point in Gettysburg.
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Program No. 16301RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The armed slave revolt at Harpers Ferry, the devastating battle at Antietam and the turning point victory at Gettysburg — these three battles were perhaps the most significant in the entire Civil War. They were also among the bloodiest battles in American history. Remember their legacies as you investigate these fateful sites and learn from the past. Unravel the events that led to John Brown’s anti-slavery raid, discover how the Battle of Antietam convinced President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation and trace the dramatic timeline of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles a day on uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the site of John Brown's Fort at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
  • At Antietam, try to grasp the gravity of a battle where 22,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured or missing in 12 hours of grueling combat.
  • Experience lively evenings while watching the movie “Gettysburg” and listening to authentic Civil War-era music.
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Dave Booz
Dave served as a high school principal and teacher for thirty years and is now an adjunct professor in the Civil War Era Studies program at Gettysburg College. He was also the Executive Director of the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg. Dave is active in the North-South Skirmish Association, the Maryland Arms Collectors Association and St. John Lutheran Church in Fairfield, Pennsylvania.
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