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September Mourn: The Dunker Church of Antietam Battlefield
March 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT| Free for Roundtable Members; $5 Suggested Donation for Non-Members
Hear the full story of one of the Civil War’s most iconic structures – the Dunker Church on the Antietam Battlefield
Join the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable and author Alann Schmidt on March 21 at 7:00 PM at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine as he uncovers the full story of one of the Civil War’s most iconic structures – the Dunker Church on the Antietam Battlefield. Few people know much, if anything, about its fascinating back story, the role it played within the community of Sharpsburg, and its importance during and after the Battle of Antietam. Schmidt corrects this oversight.
On September 17, 1862, two mighty armies grappled across the rolling hills, fields, and woodlots surrounding Sharpsburg, Maryland. The combat killed, wounded, or left missing more than 23,000 Union and Confederate soldiers, repulsed Lee’s invading Virginia army, and paved the way for Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Ironically, the small whitewashed building dedicated to peace, equality, and the brotherhood of man stood in the epicenter of that bloodiest day in American history.
The German Baptist Brethren, or Dunkers (Dunkards) as they were colloquially known, built the Mumma Church of the Manor congregation in 1853, just nine years before Antietam. In addition to being a house of worship with important ties to the local community, the history of the Dunker Church is linked with such notable figures as Stonewall Jackson, Clara Barton, Abraham Lincoln, and even Mark Twain. The structure was heavily damaged during the battle, housed torn bodies as a hospital in its aftermath, and suffered a complete collapse before undergoing the long and arduous process of being rebuilt. Schmidt will uncover all the hidden history the Dunker Church has to offer.
The museum doors open at 6:30 PM and the presentation beings at 7:00 PM. The presentation is free for FCCWRT members and a suggested donation of $5 for non-members.
Alann Schmidt spent fifteen years as a park ranger at Antietam National Battlefield. He earned degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, Shippensburg University, Shepherd University, and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He serves as a pastor for the Churches of God and lives with his wife Tracy on their family farm near Fort Littleton, Pennsylvania.