6 Biggest Battle Sites Around The World You Must Visit
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Discover the captivating battlefield stories of yesteryear at these destinations around the world
By Pamela Chow
Photo: Everett Historical / Shutterstock.com
The world is a beautiful place, but it’s not without its grim pasts.
We take a look at some of the most significant war sites around the world, and remember their stories, heroic battles and explore why you should visit them.
Visitors can explore preserved landmarks at Antietam like Burnside’s Bridge, seen in the 1878 painting by Kurz & Allison. (Photo: Shutterstock)
USA: Antietam National Battlefield
The Battle of Antietam in 1862 was the bloodiest one-day crusade in American history, as some 23,000 soldiers from both the Union and Confederate armies were killed, wounded or missing. This number is more than nine times the number of Americans lost on D-Day in World War II.
Although the battle did not result in a conclusive tactical victory for either side, it is largely considered a turning point of the Civil War as it ended the Confederates’ strategic campaign, allowing then-President Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation — declaring all slaves free.
Preserved artillery canons at the Antietam National Park. (Photo: Julie Clopper / Shutterstock.com)
Today, visitors can explore preserved landmarks at Antietam like Burnside’s Bridge, the Cornfield, Dunker Church and Bloody Lane. It’s almost like stepping into a portrait of the Civil War. Antietam is located near Sharpsburg in Maryland.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of Weekender, Issue 155, June 24 - July 7, 2016, with the headline 'Live to die another day: Biggest battle sites around the world'.
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