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Historical Photos

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Historical Photos of the Union Church

A cleaned-up version of a grafitti etching by Edward Wise of the 7th Michigan Infantry in 1862 that still exists in the second floor of the narthex of the Union Church.

Photo Source: Norman Schools

 Private Edward Wise served in Company I of the 7th Michigan Infantry. Wise, a native of Ohio, enlisted August 7, 1861 at Galesburg, Michigan. He provided his age as 19 and his place of residence as Calhoun County, Michigan. Wise’s enlistment was for three years, but on June 30, 1863 at Uniontown, Maryland, he deserted. The 1880 Census shows Edward living in Lucas County, Ohio with his wife Addie and daughter Corinna. On September 18, 1889, Addie filed for a widow’s pension. It would be interesting to see what the pension application says about Edward’s supposed desertion. What we do know is that Private Edward Wise spent some idle minutes during the winter of 1862-1863 leaving his mark on the walls of Union Church.

(Description source: If these signatures could talk - Falmouth Graffiti, Part 2)

Photo Source: Library of Congress

Photo Source: Library of Congress

Photo Source: Library of Congress

Photo of the Union Church taken prior to 1950 from the Moncure Conway House.

Photo Source: Free Lance-Star - July 31, 1964


“Crusaders Band” 1930

A 1930 photo taken in front of the Union Church again illustrates the importance of this community focal point. The image depicts the Union Crusaders Band which played at many local parades and concerts and held its practices at the Union Church in the 1930s.

Photo source: Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star “Flashback” 1979

“Scholars in the Making”

Photo Source: Union Church Nomination

The Union Church after it was severely damaged in a storm in 1950. In 1954 the damaged part of the church was torn down, leaving the narthex (facade or lobby) that exists today.

Photo Source: Conway House Collection


Photo Source: Free Lance-Star - December 3, 1992

A modern photograph of the narthex of the Union Church using the  "wet plate" technique that was used during the Civil War. The soldier is a re-enactor.

Photo Source: National Civil War Life Museum


The narthex of the Union Church. Photograph taken during the winter of 2009-2010.

Photo Source: Conway House Collection


"Folk Art"

Union Church Painted on Slate by Alvin Gill




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