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.

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Commemorate the 157th Anniversary of the Maryland Campaign in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

September 9, 2019

Commemorate the 157th Anniversary of the Maryland Campaign in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage AreaCommemorate the Maryland Campaign of 1862 with events and activities throughout the Heritage Area this September. Read More

Celebrate Great Outdoors Month By Taking a Hike in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

June 3, 2019

Connect to history by taking a hike in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. Read More

Ring in 2019 with a First Day Hike

December 7, 2018

Ring in 2019 with a First Day HikeStart your new year off on the right foot with a hike in a State Park-- find your hike with our guide! Read More

Mother's Day, Then and Now

May 2, 2018

Mother's Day, Then and NowMother's Day has surprising roots in the bloody conflict of the Civil War. Read More

On This Corner: Lincoln and Lee

September 25, 2017

On This Corner: Lincoln and LeeExplore centuries of Frederick history from the vantage point of one downtown street corner. Read More

Experience the Hagerstown Cultural Trail and Its Historic Heritage this Summer

August 28, 2017

Experience the Hagerstown Cultural Trail and Its Historic Heritage this Summer Find local history and whimsical outdoor art installations on a journey down the Hagerstown Cultural Trail. Read More

Preserving Industrial History: Mills in the Heart of the Civil War

May 8, 2017

Preserving Industrial History: Mills in the Heart of the Civil WarMay is Preservation Month—a great time to explore the industrial legacy left behind on the landscape of the Heart of the Civil War. Read More

Cornelia Hancock: a Force unto Herself

February 23, 2017

Cornelia Hancock: a Force unto HerselfLargely forgotten today, Cornelia Hancock was one of the best known and beloved nurses of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. Read More

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

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