MARYLAND Tourist Attractions
Maryland Civil War Battlefields such as Antietam are important Maryland tourist attractions.
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The Civil War Battle at Antietam , Maryland on the September 17, 1862 was the single bloodiest day in American military history with estimated 23,100 casualties. US Major General George B. McClellan confronted General Robert E Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Sharpsburg, Maryland. Although Lee was outnumbered two-to-one, he committed his entire force, while McClellan held back a quarter of his force in reserve. This enabled Lee to fight the Federals ragged. Both armies suffered massive casualties but the result was inconclusive although it was considered that the Union achieved a strategic victory .
National Historic Trails in Maryland :
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, goes via Maryland on its 2,175 miles journey linking Maine to Georgia . It was America's First National Scenic Trail ( also known as The People's Path). Beautiful wild scenery & cultural history.
One of the new Maryland Tourist Attractions is the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail which was launched December 19, 2006. The Historic Trail commemorates Smith's historic exploration voyages in 1607-1609 on the Chesapeake Bay and connected river systems.
John Smith, working for the Virginia Company, helped establish the first successful English colony in North America named after King James I of England. He explored the vast Chesapeake region in a flimsy boat at great risk from the elements & hostile Native peoples.
George Washington envisioned an economic corridor from the Potomac River and the Allegheny Highlands. Today the The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail commemorates this in Maryland .