Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Scenes From Antietam: Dunker Church, West Woods, Cornfield

The Dunker Church. The West Woods is behind the building.

The Miller Cornfield as seen from near the Dunker Church

A fawn (lower right corner) nibbles some corn on the edge of the corn field.

From dawn until mid-morning, General Stonewall Jackson's corps fought three separate Union corps. The solidiers attacked and counter-attacked repeatedly in the area of the Dunker Church, the West Woods and the Miller Cornfield. The rain of bullets was so heavy some soldiers described the view of the cornfield as if a giant scythe had cut the stalks. At the end of the day both sides remained essentially where they began, only less the thousands of dead and wounded who now lay among the rows and around the church.

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