Monday September 10, 2012

The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Visitors Museum at Western Gateway Heritage State Park presents, as part of its Civil War 150 Anniversary Series, will present "Antietam," an illustrated lecture, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The Battle of Antietam, fought on Sept. 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Md., and Antietam Creek, was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Union soil. It was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with about 23,000 casualties on both sides.

Western Gateway Heritage State Park is south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8. The Visitors Museum is in building #4. Information: (413) 663-6312.