Dunker Church I

Dunker Church, Antietam: close up
(US Library of Congress)

Once upon a time…ohhh, about 3-4 years ago, I modelled the Dunker Church as a digital file, the result of a quick google, it served it’s purpose but, in truth, it was never accurate enough for my eye.

And so as part of my return the ACW, I decided I needed to rectify the obvious errors in my first effort, and come up with 2 models: one for the eve of the battle, undamaged and ready for its Parish, and the other as it was photographed by Alexander Gardner in Sept of 1862. A high resolution of the image at right would serve as a main point of research, but sadly photos from other angles taken in the days after the battle are rare. There is this photo, from the North, taken in the right year, (printed later), but it unfortunately was either taken before the battle, or after any damage was repaired.

Flag of Truce, Alfred Waud
(US Library of Congress)

I had almost given up finding an image showing the North side of the church, when I found the drawing at left on in Antietam, Voices of the Civil War (pg136), I then went looking for it at the Library of Congress, to see if there was any other information attached and to get the high quality version. Importantly for me, it shows the damage done to the North side of the Church, and shows that cannon fire tended to shatter whole bricks giving the damage a geometric and squared shape rather than a splintered or round hole, and further it also shows the shutters on that side are shut.

Back to the software.

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