The historic Dunkard Church at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland.
The Dunker Church is one of the most noted landmarks at Antietam National Battlefield. Constructed by the local German Baptist Brethren in 1852 on land gifted by farmer Samuel Mumma, it earned its name from its practice of full immersion Baptism.
Dunker Church suffered substantial damage during the battle due to rifle and artillery fire. Still, it survived, only to be destroyed by a windstorm in 1921. Its foundation hosted a lunch stand throughout the '30s and '40s before being reconstructed using many original components for the Civil War Centennial in 1962.
The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest single-day conflict of the American Civil War and the first battle to take place in Union territory. It began at dawn on September 17, 1862, raging for 12 hours; when it ended at around 6 p.m., nearly 23,000 of the 100,000 soldiers were either dead, wounded, or missing. It remains the deadliest day in American history.
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October 30th, 2023
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