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Nothing promotes the Heart of the Civil War better than the historic structures and stunning landscapes found within the Heritage Area. Download these high-resolution JPEG images and captions for use in your editorial content. These images are intended for editorial purposes only, not commercial use. Credit must be given to the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area unless otherwise noted in the caption provided.

Across the Heritage Area

  • 150th Commemorations

    150th Commemorations

    The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War was commemorated with programs and events during the entire sesquicentennial period, 2011 to 2015. Living history, battlefield hikes, and community commemorations brought the past to life to visitors and residents of the Heritage Area.

    Photos from National Park Service.
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  • Civil War Trails

    Civil War Trails

    Experience the Heart of the Civil War through Civil War Trails, a popular series of guided walking and driving tours exploring various times and themes.

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  • Family Fun

    Family Fun

    Visitors of all ages can enjoy both historical and recreational opportunities in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.

    Photos by Kurt Holter
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  • Newcomer House

    Newcomer House

    The historic Newcomer House at Antietam National Battlefield serves as the Visitor Center for the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. Built in the 1780s as part of a mill complex, the Newcomer family who lived in the house during the September 1862 Battle of Antietam experienced firsthand the devastation of war. Visitors can stop in to see exhibits, pick up brochures, and speak with knowledgeable guides about the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.

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  • Scenic Views

    Scenic Views

    The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area is home to many exciting recreational opportunities in addition to rich Civil War history. Visitors can hike the Appalachian Trail, bike the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, and explore scenic views from local and state parks in
    the region.

    Photos by Buddy Secor and Kurt Holter
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Battlefields

  • Antietam National Battlefield

    Antietam National Battlefield

    Antietam National Battlefield in Washington County, Maryland, is the site of the bloodiest one day battle in American history. The September 17, 1862 battle near the town of Sharpsburg was the climax of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Maryland Campaign.

    Photos from National Park Service
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  • Monocacy National Battlefield

    Monocacy National Battlefield

    Monocacy National Battlefield in Maryland’s Frederick County is where “the Battle that Saved Washington” took place on July 9, 1864. In July 1864, Confederate General Jubal A. Early marched into Maryland and demanded ransom payments to spare several towns from destruction. However, his plans to take the nation’s capitol were foiled when Major General Lew Wallace’s federal troops engaged the Confederate divisions along the banks of the Monocacy River.

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  • South Mountain State Battlefield

    South Mountain State Battlefield

    South Mountain State Battlefield, straddling Frederick and Washington Counties, hosted the first major Civil War battle in Maryland on September 14, 1862. The three mountain passes where fighting occurred—Crampton’s, Turner’s, and Fox’s Gaps—are connected by the famed Appalachian Trail. Today, visitors can enjoy the same spectacular view of the Middletown Valley while also taking in museum exhibitions and living history demonstrations.

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Carroll County Sites

  • Reenactment at Carroll County Farm Museum

    Reenactment at Carroll County Farm Museum

    The Carroll County Farm Museum hosts an annual Civil War Living History Reenactment. Visitors of all ages will experience history—interpreting both military skirmishes and civilian life—with all of their senses. Union and Confederate troops moved through Carroll County, located just south of Gettysburg, in 1863.

    Photo by John Drennan
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  • Union Mills

    Union Mills

    Union Mills Homestead, just outside Westminster in Carroll County, was built in 1797 by the German-descended Shriver family. This site embodies the concept of the nation as a “House Divided” perfectly. While one brother was strongly pro-Union, the other brother sympathized with the South. Their adjacent farms hosted troops from both sides en route to Gettysburg in the summer of 1863. Visitors today can enjoy demonstrations of the historic grist mill, tours of the home, and living history programs each summer.

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  • Westminster

    Westminster

    Westminster’s Main Street is rich in Civil War history as well as cultural attractions. Visitors can enjoy Civil War Trails markers throughout the year as well as special programs, including the annual Corbit’s Charge reenactment, in Westminster.

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Frederick County Sites

  • Downtown Frederick

    Downtown Frederick

    The clustered spires of the city of Frederick greet today’s visitors as they did during the Civil War. Both Northern and Southern troops moved through—and occupied—Frederick three times during the War: during the Maryland Campaign of 1862, during the advance to and retreat from Gettysburg in 1863, and during Jubal Early’s final invasion in 1864. Many of the religious and educational institutions served as hospitals to treat the thousands of men wounded at nearby South Mountain and Antietam in September 1862. Today, downtown Frederick’s 50-block historic district welcomes visitors with a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities.

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  • The National Museum of Civil War Medicine

    The National Museum of Civil War Medicine

    The National Museum of Civil War Medicine in downtown Frederick tells the story of medical advancements made throughout and as a result of the Civil War. Visitors may be surprised to learn about surgical care and techniques, hospital structures, changes in field medicine, and the role of nurses. NMCWM operates two satellite locations: the Pry House Field Hospital Museum at Antietam National Battlefield and the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office in Washington, DC.

    Photos by Kurt Holter
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  • Other Frederick County Landmarks

    Other Frederick County Landmarks

    Both Northern and Southern troops moved through—and occupied—Frederick County three times during the War: during the Maryland Campaign of 1862, during the advance to and retreat from Gettysburg in 1863, and during Jubal Early’s final invasion in 1864. Many of the religious and educational institutions served as hospitals to treat the thousands of men wounded at nearby South Mountain and Antietam in September 1862. Historic sites across the county stand as reminders of the impact the Civil War had on mid-Maryland.

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Washington County Sites

  • African American Heritage

    African American Heritage

    President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation shortly after the September 1862 Battle of Antietam. Today, visitors can explore the complex legacy of slavery and emancipation in Washington County at churches, cemeteries, and other community institutions offering a tangible connection to
    black heritage.

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  • Williamsport

    Williamsport

    The Washington County town of Williamsport celebrates its history by hosting an annual reenactment of the Confederates’ retreat from Gettysburg in July 1863. The town located along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (now a National Historical Park) was occupied by combatants on both sides of the conflict.

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