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Sharpsburg--Surviving the Battle of Antietam

Sharpsburg--Surviving the Battle of Antietam

The small historic town of Sharpsburg, Maryland is best known for the Battle of Antietam (the culminating battle of the 1862 Maryland Campaign). The battlefield surrounds the town of Sharpsburg where several of the buildings still bear the scars of war damage. With its green hills, abounding fields, and farmland full of pasturing animals, Sharpsburg is a quiet town worth visiting.
Native American families, including the Catawba Tribes, flourished in the area and lived off the Great Spring before European immigrates rerooted themselves to Maryland and before the Battle of Antietam even began.
By the time 1740 came around, Joseph Chapline established a manor called Mount Pleasant. This land, stretching several thousand acres, was given to him by the colonial governor of Maryland in exchange for bringing refinement and an increased number of civilized people into the area and for protecting these people from the local natives. Chapline's estate was phenomenal. On his land he had a large manor, a chapel, a mill for grinding grain (gristmill), and a racetrack and near the spring he set up a trading post, used for trading goods for needed supplies or cash.
Chaplin established the town of Sharps Burgh, naming it after his friend, Govenor Horatio Sharpe. Many families began to move in and around this fine town.
By 1820 the population was 650 residents. Today, the population isn't much higher at 670, with many who are descendants of the families who lived during the battle of 1862. Sharpsburg is the kind of town where everyone knows everyone. About the time of the Civil War, the population doubled. These families, large in size, built and supported many of the churches and shops in the area.
The Kennedy Farm where John Brown prepared his 1859 raid on nearby Harpers Ferry is in Sharpsburg, as well as the 184-mile long C&O Canal towpath used today for hiking, camping, and biking. Three national parks and 2 state parks are within 12 miles of Sharpsburg.
Sharpsburg is a beautiful family town now known for the cold, tragic disaster that had once taken place on its peaceful soil. The Battle of Antietam tore through this small town, causing heartache and death for many. When the war finally ended, the people of Sharpsburg rebuilt their damaged town.
Many are drawn to Sharpsburg because of its past. Many are still here because of its past. And many simply come to enjoy life surrounded by beauty, peacefulness, and scenic views that seem to go on forever.

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