THE BLOODIEST BATTLE – ANTIETAM

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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.

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A closer look at the Dunker Church.

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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.

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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.

3 thoughts on “THE BLOODIEST BATTLE – ANTIETAM

  • That’s great that you got the shot of the church from the same angle and distance as the Civil War photograph. We visited Antietam almost exactly a year ago but it was overcast and drizzly. You got a much brighter day for this trip.

    • The Antietam Battlefield is a very interesting place to visit. You can spend hours there. Trying to re-live what took place there long ago is not easy. So much bloodshed and carnage is hard to visualize. If you decide to drive into Sharpsburg you won’t find much there. Just a small town that seems to hide the history that took place. The town is just down the road a bit from Antietam. Enjoy!

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