Bugle Call

Welcome to Bugle Call, the voice of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. This new blog seeks to showcase the rich history of the area, highlight the wide range of experiences available for visitors—not just Civil War battlefields and historic sites but also opportunities for recreation, dining, and shopping—and bring to light lesser-known stories of Civil War Maryland. Posts by scholars, living historians, academics, and museum professionals from across the Heritage Area will provide readers with an in-depth view of the many fascinating historical sites, commemorations, research, and experiences to be found in the Heart of the Civil War.

Do you have questions, comments, or suggestions for future blog posts? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Email Auni Gelles or connect with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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The Heart of the Civil War by Rail

January 5, 2017

The Heart of the Civil War by RailThe Civil War marked the first war in world history in which railroads played a role. Learn where you can experience this chapter of railroad history in the Heart of the Civil War. Read More

Bells, Barbara Fritchie, and Battlefields: A Midwinter Reflection

December 5, 2016

Bells, Barbara Fritchie, and Battlefields: A Midwinter ReflectionWhat do Fireside Poets, First Day Hikes, and a new film have in common? Find out from Executive Director Liz Shatto. Read More

Freedom's Run: Homage to Sacrifice

October 3, 2016

Freedom's Run: Homage to SacrificeTravis Gilbert describes a unique way to experience the Heart of the Civil War: by racing on foot, as part of Freedom's Run Read More

#FindYourPark in the Heart of the Civil War

July 22, 2016

#FindYourPark in the Heart of the Civil War#FindYourPark in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area and celebrate the first 100 years of the National Park Service. Read More

Animating Antietam: a Q&A with Sean Moir

July 15, 2016

Animating Antietam: a Q&A with Sean MoirSean Moir, founder of Western Heritage Mapping, shares his insights about creating an animated map of the 1862 Battle of Antietam. Read More

A New Way to Ride Through History: Infrastructure Improvements Now Underway Along the C&O Canal

May 9, 2016

A New Way to Ride Through History: Infrastructure Improvements Now Underway Along the C&O CanalChesapeake & Ohio Canal visitors can experience the historic transportation corridor by foot or bike—and soon, by boat—at the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport. Read More

New Organizations Form to Preserve Maryland’s Heritage

May 2, 2016

New Organizations Form to Preserve Maryland’s HeritageA look at three new organizations that have formed to preserve invaluable historic resources in Civil War Maryland. Read More

Man's Best Friend in War and Peace: Dogs in the American Civil War

February 25, 2016

Man's Best Friend in War and Peace: Dogs in the American Civil WarDogs served as companions and compatriots during the Civil War. Learn about Jack, Harvey, and other canine soldiers. Read More

Brewer's Alley: Frederick's North Star?

February 4, 2016

Brewer's Alley: Frederick's North Star?Brewer's Alley isn't just Frederick County’s first brewpub. Read about the site's many incarnations and the famed abolitionist who spoke here in 1879. Read More

The Economic Benefits of Preserving Civil War Battlefields

January 6, 2016

The Economic Benefits of Preserving Civil War BattlefieldsFrances Kennedy, Director of the Civil War Battlefield Campaign at The Conservation Fund from 1988 to 2006, discusses the relationship between battlefield preservation and economic development. Read More

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