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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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

Generation Illumination: Lighting the Way for Millennial Engagement

May 11, 2015

Generation Illumination: Lighting the Way for Millennial EngagementIs Civil War heritage relevant beyond the 150th anniversary? Our capstone sesquicentennial commemorations suggest heightened interest among millennials. Read More

Turmoil frozen in marble: Borglum’s "Head of Abraham Lincoln"

May 4, 2015

Turmoil frozen in marble: Borglum’s "Head of Abraham Lincoln"John Gutzon Borglum's marble bust of Abraham Lincoln, in the collection at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, carries national significance. Read More

Experiencing History in the Great Outdoors: Where Recreation & History Intersect

April 23, 2015

Experiencing History in the Great Outdoors: Where Recreation & History IntersectThe stunning natural landscape sculpted by the Piedmont plateau and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains provides an ideal setting for outdoor enthusiasts of all types. Read More

Poetry Month in the Heart of the Civil War: Literary Connections Abound

April 15, 2015

Poetry Month in the Heart of the Civil War: Literary Connections AboundIn honor of Poetry Month this April, Chris Haugh outlines the abundant literary connections found in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. Read More

Together Mindful: Commemoration Beyond 150 Years

March 27, 2015

Together Mindful: Commemoration Beyond 150 YearsAs Civil War sesquicentennial commemorations draw to a close in 2015, the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area has more opportunities than ever before for visitors to join us in a together mindful exploration of Maryland’s border state experience and its relevance today. Read More

Brochures, Battlefield Guides, and Bullets: Behind the Scenes at Newcomer House

March 25, 2015

Brochures, Battlefield Guides, and Bullets: Behind the Scenes at Newcomer HouseThe Newcomer House at Antietam National Battlefield, built in the 1780s, is one of the few original homes on the battlefield that is open to the public. Learn what it takes to open the historic house each spring. Read More

George Alfred Townsend: Larger-than-Life Literary Luminary

March 24, 2015

George Alfred Townsend: Larger-than-Life Literary LuminaryA look at George Alfred Townsend, the 19th century celebrity who wrote the bestselling book on the Lincoln assassination and its aftermath. Read More

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