Located just outside the Historic town of Sharpsberg, MD. During the Battle of Antietam this hill was occupied by the Confederate artillery. At first the dead were buried where they fell on the battlefield, later on they were re-interred here. A total of 4,776 Union soldiers rest here along with the dead from 4 other wars. Separate, even in death, Confederate soldiers were buried in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD.
I have no idea what this nice looking building is for.
Civil War Cannon and Casion. This is as close as I was able to get. For some reason the National Park had a Red line strung all around this area. No idea why.
By this time, it’s getting late in the afternoon. Was getting more hotter and I knew I had a long drive home. Thought that I’d better get going on my way. I’m tired from getting in and out of the car, grabbing my camera gear, setting up the tripod, shoot the Image, and then put it back in the car only to do it all over again at the next stop. However, I do enjoy Photographing Historic places, even though it can be allot of work involved.
Over this Memorial Day Week-end I made a road trip down to tour the Antietam National Battlefield Park located just outside of the town of Sharpsburg, MD. It took me about 3 hrs. to drive here.
The Battle of Antietam was one of the bloodiest Civil War battles that took place here on Sept. 17th, 1863. More than 23,000 men from the Union & Confederate Army’s were killed here in one single day!
The above Image is of the Dunker Church that was one of the area’s where many soldiers died during the heavy fighting. The Dunker Church was built in 1852 and was a house of Worship for pacifist German Baptist Brethren that became one of the focal points of the fight between the two Armies. It received heavy damage, but has been restored to its original look from long ago.
A closer look at the Dunker Church.
This is a Historic Image that was taken by Alexander Gardner after the battle. The Images that I shot were from about the same position.
I walked inside the Dunker Church and shot this Image of what it looks like today. Notice that there is not much here. There is no Alter, no Cross of Christ, or anything to show that it was a Church. I was a bit surprised to see that. I don’t know if that is the original wood floor or not. Maybe back then that’s what they wanted.
I did have a Image of the Dunker Church’s side wall outside to show that all of the many bullet and cannon holes were repaired by the Park Service, but can’t seem to find it. Sorry.
It was starting to get quite warm while I was walking around with my Pentax and a Tripod. Getting in and out of the car get’s a bit tough when you Tour a Battlefield like this one. I finally had to turn on the Air to keep the car cool. I took this Images, walked around for a bit, and then moved on to another Bloody area.
Yesterday morning it dawned rather humid. The weather forecasters were calling for Severe Storms in the afternoon. I didn’t pay much attention, and just too it as another “cry wolf” as has happened before. This time I was wrong!
Around 4:45 pm my Phone Alert went off telling me that I severe storm was heading our way. Humm . . . now this made me take a look. Went outside and saw dark clouds coming in from the West, as they always do when bad weather is coming. Oh Crap! This does not look good at all! On top of that the phone alert came on again saying that we were under a Tornado Warning! Not good! When ever I hear this, it will concern me.
I went outside, because I have a habit of liking to watch Storms as they come rolling thru. The wind started picking up and I could hear Thunder in the distance. The sky got much darker and then a blast of heavy wind came in almost knocking me off my feet. It was getting very windy with some slight rain. I’m watching the sky and listening for a “freight train” sound and hoping I don’t see a funnel cloud. Thank goodness I didn’t. No Tornado, but it did blow rather hard and had some heavy rain. It lasted about 10 min. and then slowed down, with the wind diminishing. I’m always concerned with heavy wind, because of the large Pin Oak Tree out in the front yard. This Storm was one of the heavy hitters! No damage to the house. Just alot of leaves and twigs to pick up after.
I’ve been in some heavy weather during my time in the US Navy. I’ve been in and seen heavy wind at sea and a Typhoon! That one scared me. The ship was heaving up & down, side to side with waves crashing over the 02 Level.
This above Image is of the ole Steam Engine #113. Located in the Coal Mining Town of Minersville, PA she was once used to haul Coal & passengers from towns above and below Minersville. I don’t think that the old steam train is used anymore. Placed here as a static display.
Don’t know which view looks better.
Here is the old Minersville Train Station that is no longer used. Built in or around 1897 this Station once was a much used Station for passengers long ago. The train tracks in front of the Station are still used to this day, but no trains stop here. There are doors located on the building just to to left of the Station, but they were locked. I wanted to get inside and shoot the old waiting room, but could not do that. Was disappointed on that. My Loving Wife, who was born & raised here in Minersville tells me that the Station was still in used while she lived here. Minersville is another Coal Town that is full of History.
While up in the Coal Region area yesterday, I came across these HUGE earth/coal hauling trucks. They are known as “Yukes” in this area. They are massive! Notice the driver at the lower left compared to the truck.
A better look at this truck. What they were doing here was reclaiming the Land that once was a “Strip Mine” years ago. A “Stripie” as they are called is a big hole in the ground used to mine Coal from the near surface. When all the Coal was taken out, it was left as it was. A big huge scar in the earth! Now, slowly, the Land is being filled in to help Mother Nature grow, that was once a waste land.
There are a number of “Stripie Mines” that are still left over from long ago. A good portion of them are full of water and can be more than 200 ft. deep! The machinery that was used is left at the bottom of the Mine. It’s not really a good idea to go swimming in these “Stripie Mines”. You have no idea what your going to encounter! The water is darn cold because it’s usually spring/or rain water that has filled the hole over the years. There have been people that drowned in these open holes. Sometimes the temptation is just too great on a hot summer day to take a swim. By doing this, you just may loose your Life!
Located right alongside the Union Canal, this old Milk Shed has been here for a long time.
Back in the very early day’s of the Union Canal there used to be a working Farm here. This was the way that produce, and milk were kept cold with a natural Spring that once ran thru the Shed. There were no refrigerators then, no ice, and no air conditioning anywhere to be found. If you open the door, there is nothing there except storage for the Park Service. One or two old milk cans are all that is left. The old Barn is just off to the right of my Image. Now used by the Park Service for bathrooms, and a small soda fountain that never seems to be open.
Over 150 yrs. ago, this field was full of dead & wounded Soldiers from both sides of the Civil War. There is a sign behind me that said “No Relic Hunting.”
Fences of the Battlefield. For this shot, I had to “sneak in” on a dirt road that normal traffic was not allowed by the Park Service. Didn’t get caught! Whew!
While I was down here in Gettysburg, I spent a good 5 hrs. here driving around. Even though snooping around I still missed some key area’s. Eisenhower Farm is one of them. I had only allowed myself so much time, because it is a long drive home. Maybe next time.
I will try and make this one the last Post on Gettysburg. My next stop will be to Antietam National Battlefield Park in MD.
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