The Rev. H. Austin Cooper Collection, BHLA, and the Dunker Church of Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
The Brethren Historical Library and Archives (BHLA) recently acquired the papers of The Rev. H. Austin Cooper (1911-1999) from his son, Larry C. Cooper, of Landenberg, PA. The Rev. Cooper was a well-known Church of the Brethren minister who served congregations in Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. A fine historian, he authored four books and various other publications. In 1970 Cooper began the annual commemorative worship service at the historic Dunker Church of Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD. Below are some images from the Cooper Collection of the Dunker Church at Antietam, scene of not only the bloodiest single day of the Civil War (September 17, 1862), but also of what most historians agree was the single bloodiest day in American history.
Stan Noffsinger, Church of the Brethren General Secretary, will preach at the 41st Annual Dunker Church Service on Sunday, September 18, 2011.