Antietam Creek Aqueduct is located at milepost 69.4 along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. Near Sharpsburg, Maryland, the Aqueduct crosses Antietam Creek, one of the major tributaries feeding the Potomac River.
First constructed in 1834, the three-span arched Antietam Aqueduct is 140 feet long and was the fourth of 11 aqueducts built along the C&O Canal.
The Battle of Antietam, one of the most important events in the Civil War, took place nearby on September 22, 1862. Some say that Antiemtam ran red that day from the blood of 22,720 Union and Confederate troops killed, wounded, or unaccounted for on this one day of fighting. The Aqueduct was heavily damaged during the battle and rebuilt.
The Aqueduct completely collapsed in 1973 and was restored in 2011.
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December 30th, 2020
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