The farm of Henry and Betsy Piper was on the east side of the Hagerstown Pike north of Sharpsburg. (Richardson Avenue tour map) At the time of the battle the farmhouse was a simple log cabin. As Lee’s army took positions along the west side of Antietam Creek before the battle Confederate Generals Longstreet and D.H. Hill chose the Piper farm for their headquarters. The Pipers left to stay with family during the battle. when they returned they found little damage to theirĀ buildings but their gardens and fields were destroyed, most of their stored food was gone, and hundreds of bodies were scattered across their fields.

The Piper Farm at Antietam

View of the Piper Farm from Hagerstown Pike

Orchards on the Piper Farm on the Antietam battlefield.

Orchards on the Piper Farm on the Antietam battlefield. South Mountain is in the distance. The Observation Tower at the far end of the Sunken Lane can be seen over the ridge to the let of center.

The Piper Farm seen from the coroner of Richardson Avenue and Haggerstown Pike

The Piper Farm seen from the corner of Richardson Avenue and Haggerstown Pike