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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Ensure the Future of our Civil War Past

November 12, 2015

Ensure the Future of our Civil War PastRead about how you can become an honorary Glenn Worthington and ensure the future of our Civil War past in the Heritage Area. Read More

Newcomer Illumination: Visitors invited to participate in memorial at Antietam

November 2, 2015

Newcomer Illumination: Visitors invited to participate in memorial at AntietamLearn how you can dedicate your own luminary for the memorial illumination on the grounds of Newcomer House on Saturday, December 5. Read More

Preserving an Architectural Landmark: An Update from the South Mountain Heritage Society

October 14, 2015

Preserving an Architectural Landmark: An Update from the South Mountain Heritage SocietyRead about the recent restoration of the historic Resurrection Reformed Church, which served as a field hospital following the September 1862 battles of South Mountain and Antietam. Read More

Stories of Slavery in Familiar Landscapes

September 15, 2015

A glimpse into the lives, landscapes, and resistance of enslaved Marylanders through runaway advertisements from the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland. Read More

Tolson’s Chapel: A Place of Perseverance and Triumph

September 1, 2015

Tolson’s Chapel: A Place of Perseverance and TriumphTolson's Chapel has served Sharpsburg's African American community since the Civil War as both a church and a school. Read More

From a Place of Carnage to a Destination for Reflection: Antietam National Battlefield at 125

August 25, 2015

From a Place of Carnage to a Destination for Reflection: Antietam National Battlefield at 125If you visit Antietam National Battlefield today, you're likely to drive onto federally-maintained roads, climb the 60-foot Observation Tower, and survey the tranquil agricultural landscape at the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. You may be surprised to learn that visitors to Antietam... Read More

Exploring Frederick County’s Railroad History

August 6, 2015

Exploring Frederick County’s Railroad HistoryCharissa Hipp of Visit Frederick sheds light on Frederick County's rich railroading history. Read More

The ‘Great Treat of Ice Cream’: Explore Civil War Trails & Sample Sweet Treats This Summer

July 15, 2015

The ‘Great Treat of Ice Cream’: Explore Civil War Trails & Sample Sweet Treats This SummerCelebrate National Ice Cream Month while visiting significant Civil War sites in the Heart of the Civil War. Read More

Paying with their Lives: Townsend Reports on the Lincoln Conspirators’ Execution

July 7, 2015

Paying with their Lives: Townsend Reports on the Lincoln Conspirators’ ExecutionOn this date 150 years ago, the nation faced a dramatic and divisive moment: the execution of four conspirators involved in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Read More

A Community Collaboration Success Story: Saving the Uniontown Bank

June 10, 2015

A Community Collaboration Success Story: Saving the Uniontown BankThe former Carroll County Savings Bank, constructed in 1907, was threatened with demolition last summer—but was saved thanks to the work of preservationists in Carroll County. Read More

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