The Essential Antietam Tour

Next month Mark Grimsley and I will lead a tour of the Antietam battlefield for Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute.  The tour is designed to give participants an overview of the battle.  As those of you who have visited the battlefield know, a traditional tour follows a north-to-south pattern, echoing the course of the battle; I find that connecting the action in the West Woods, the Dunker Church, and the Bloody Lane to be the biggest challenge for people to visualize at first encounter.

What would you do to help introduce visitors to the Antietam battlefield?  I’ll share some of the answers Mark and I have agreed upon, but first I’d like to hear from you.