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Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD is probably one of the best preserved American Civil War Battlefields in the country. The Battle of Antiedam took place on this site on September 17, 1862.

The Dunker Church, pictured here, ranks as perhaps one of the most famous churches in American military history. During the battle the church was the focal point of a number of Union attacks against the Confederate left flank. At battle's end the Confederates were using the chruch as a temporary medical aid station. During the battle, the church was heavily scarred by bullets and artillery fire. By 1864 the Church was repaired, rededicated and regular services were held there until the turn of the century.

The Dunker movement began in Germany in the early eighteenth century. It derived its name by the method with which its followers were baptized: full immersion. The Dunkers were more commonly known as the German Baptist Brethren and in 1908 the offical name became the CHurch of the Brethren.

The original settlers to this region of Maryland in the mid 18th century, were the so called "Pennsylvania Germans" or "Deutsche" (Pennsylvania Dutch). These people arrived in the early 1700's and settled in southeastern and south central Pennsylvania before moving into western Maryland and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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I tried a little post processing just for fun with this photo. It was all done with Photoshop Elements 3.0.

1. Converted the background into a layer.
2. Duplicated the layer and added a layer style of "yellow tone photographic effect" to it. Blending mode: vivid light. Opacity: 40%. This made the white in the church a little too bright so I went to the top layer and selected the white parts and deleted them to reveal the church on the bottom layer.
3. Inserted a Hue/saturation layer between the two picture layers and bumped up the reds and yellows a bit.

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