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Antietam National Battlefield

Dunker Church

Dunker Church, as seen from near the Visitor's Center (34K)

Image 1: Dunker Church. The Dunker Church is seen here in the background, with Confederate cannon in the foreground. This view is from north of the Visitor's Center, looking northwest. The Dunker Church was the site of some of the most vicious fighting in the battle. The Dunkers were officially known as the German Baptist Bretheren, but acquired the name "Dunkers" due to their practice of full immersion baptism. The Mumma family, who donated the land for the church and were members, saw their own farm destroyed in the battle.

Dunker Church, closer view (31K)

Image 2: Dunker Church, close up. A closer view of the small, white-washed church. Except for a brief point, the church remained in Confederate hands throughout the battle. It was shelled during the day by Hooker's artillery, but remained intact. The church was used as a hospital for Confederate wounded.

The next two images are repeated on the West Woods page.

125th Pennsylvania and 34th New York Monuments (22K)

Image 3: 125th PA and 34th NY monuments. A modern day road runs behind the Dunker Church and runs along the southern section of what was the West Woods. This marks the point of greatest penetration through the woods by Union troops. Hood's Division threw the Union troops back, and Confederate units stabilized a line through this point and up through the centre of the West Woods by the end of the day.

The foreground monument is 125th Pennsylvania regimental monument (and matches the style of most of the PA regimental monuments, with a Union soldier carrying the colours; see the monument on the Bloody Lane page). The other monument is to the 34th New York regiment.

Purnell Legion and 34th New York Monuments (29K)

Image 4: Purnell Legion and 34th NY monuments. In the foreground is the Purnell Legion (MD) marker, with the 34th New York monument in the background. These monuments, and the 125th PA monument in the picture above, face south. Although currently standing in the clear, the North Woods extended through this area and down further south at the time of the battle.

These photographs were taken with a Nikon F-601 autofocus SLR, using a Nikkor 24mm - 50mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens. The image was captured on Kodak Royal Gold 100 film.