Discover how the wounded were cared for by local residents. Learn about the medical procedures used to treat the wounds of battle. Hear stories of compassion and struggles of the dying.
For more great things to see and do in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, please click on the logos below for each county’s visitor information website.
Hear the Bugle Call to attention? The bugle’s First Call is sounding for all to assemble – to pay attention and be ready for more. While the daily routine of Civil War soldiers was regulated by a variety of Bugle Calls, Maryland’s Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area presents First Call Weekend as an invitation to visitors. In the summers of 2012, 2013 and 2014, Washington, Carroll and Frederick counties, respectively, will each host a major weekend of public programs for all ages to herald the many commemoration activities planned throughout the three county heritage area in each upcoming season.
Frederick County First Call Weekend
June 7, 2014, noon-9 p.m. (one day for 2014)
Historic Downtown Frederick, Frederick, Maryland
Download Application to Present & Exhibit at First Call (PDF)
Frederick County will host First Call weekend in 2014, to herald commemorations related to the Battle of Monocacy, also known as the “battle that saved Washington.” The 150th anniversary of Emancipation in Maryland will also be remembered. First Call will be a part of June's First Saturday in downtown Frederick, with activities along Market and Patrick Streets, Carroll Creek Park and at Everedy Square/ Shab Row. June's First Saturday, dubbed "I ART Downtown Frederick," traditionally focuses on the arts. This year it will have Civil War flair with museums, battlefields, Civil War affinity groups, parks, and other nonprofits and government units sharing interactive arts activities. Civil War-related arts activities may include quilting, poetry writing, photography, sketching music and dance.
Carroll County First Call Weekend
May 4 and 5, 2013
Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster, Maryland
Here's a sample video of what you can expect at the First Call weekend in Carroll County in May 2013 (video will open in new window):
Direct Video Link: http://youtu.be/4b4rgRQ6_z0
Download the complete First Call program with daily schedule (PDF).
On Saturday and Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2013, the Carroll County Farm Museum will offer programs with a focus on experiences associated with the Gettysburg invasion and retreat of 1863. First Call showcases the area’s rich history and opportunities for visitors to learn about upcoming Civil War 150th commemorations in the area.
First Call Weekend will feature:
The Carroll County Farm Museum is located at 500 South Center Street, Westminster, MD. For more information, visit http://ccgovernment.carr.org/recreation.
Washington County First Call Weekend
June 16 and 17, 2012
City Park, Hagerstown, Maryland
Watch video highlights of Washington County’s First Call weekend in June 2012:
Washington County kicked off the initial First Call with an emphasis on the 150th Anniversary of the Maryland Campaign, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the north, including the Battle of South Mountain and the Battle of Antietam. From venues at the Hager House and the Washington County Fine Arts Museum, to an encampment, exhibits and concert stages on park grounds, the event was enjoyed by many and raised awareness of upcoming commemorations that drew more than 100,000 visitors to the heritage area before year’s end.