United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Washington, D.C. 6 Civil War Battlefields Near Washington, D.C. By Rachel Cooper Rachel Cooper Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 06/26/19 Share Pin Email Washington, D.C. is steeped in history—especially around its Civil War battlefields. They are beautiful sites to visit and pay tribute to American war heroes. The capital region was critical in the development of the war, not only as home to the federal government but also because of its close proximity to the borders of the north and south. The following battlefields are easy places to plan a day trip and experience the region's Civil War heritage. Plan a visit and explore the visitor center, view an introductory film, take a self-guided tour, or join a park ranger for an informative talk. 01 of 06 Antietam National Battlefield Maryland Office of Tourism View Map Address 5831 Dunker Church Rd, Sharpsburg, MD 21782, USA Get directions Phone +1 301-432-5124 Web Visit website History Buffs 4.2 Located 70 miles north of Washington, D.C., The Battle of Antietam was the first invasion by the Confederate Army into the North during the Civil War. In just one day, 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing. Take a self-guided eight-mile auto tour or hike through the battlefield. Regularly scheduled events are scheduled throughout the year. The new Pry House Field Hospital Museum features exhibits relating to the care of the wounded. 02 of 06 Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Emw/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0 View Map Address Bristow, VA 20136, USA Get directions Phone +1 703-792-4754 Web Visit website Prince William County's newest Civil War Battlefield Park opened to the public in October 2007. The 127-acre park features interpretive signs, a pond and nearly three miles of walking and equestrian trails through scenic woods, leading up to 203 mostly unmarked Confederate soldier graves. 03 of 06 Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park The National Park Service View Map Address 1013 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, USA Get directions Phone +1 540-693-3200 Web Visit website There are four Civil War battlefields in Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania Counties in Northern, Virginia: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania. Driving tours and walking trails are available through each battlefield. It is suggested to start your day at the Visitor Centers at the Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville Battlefields to gather information, maps, and directions. Guided tours and special events are scheduled seasonally. 04 of 06 Gettysburg National Military Park Walter Bibikow/Getty Images View Map Address 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA Get directions Phone +1 877-874-2478 Web Visit website The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point of the Civil War during which 51,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured over a three-day period. This important historic site—80 miles north of Washington, D.C.—attracts visitors from all over the country to participate in a wide variety of activities including walking and driving tours, campfire programs, living history demonstrations, Junior Ranger programs, and specialized group tours. A new Museum and Visitor Center and Cyclorama Gallery opened in 2008. The historic town offers a wide range of activities beyond the battlefield. Continue to 5 of 6 below. 05 of 06 Manassas National Battlefield Park Rachel Cooper View Map Address 6511 Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA 20109, USA Get directions Phone +1 703-361-1339 Web Visit website History Buffs 4.2 The 5,000-acre park preserves the site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas during the Civil War. The Henry Hill Visitors Center features a 45-minute orientation film and a museum exhibiting civil war era uniforms, weapons, and artifacts. The park offers a variety of activities, scenic vistas, and walking trails. As home to numerous bird species, Manassas National Battlefield Park has recently been named as an important birding site by the National Audobon Society. 06 of 06 Monocacy National Battlefield Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc. View Map Address 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704, USA Get directions Phone +1 301-662-3515 Web Visit website The Battle of Monocacy was the last time that the Confederacy invaded the North during the Civil War. This battle is important to the region's history because it saved Washington, D.C. from attack. The Visitor Center features electronic maps, historical artifacts, and interpretive displays of the battle. A variety of programs are offered by rangers and volunteers. There is a five-stop self-guided auto tour and several walking trails. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! 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