Four canons sit at the ready at the heart of Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland.
The Dunker Church in the background is one of Antietam’s most noted landmarks. Considered one of the most famous churches in American military history, this historic house of worship was constructed in 1852 on land donated by Mr. Samuel Mumma, a nearby farmer. During its early history, the congregation consisted of about half a dozen farm families from the local area.
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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