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Articles of Interest

Over the years, The Bugle has printed many valuable articles on local Civil War history, Pennsylvania’s role in the Civil War, and information on some of the basics of the Civil War for beginners.  The articles below are reprints of these essays, often expanded and with color photographs.


The U.S. Rifle Musket Spring 2005


A detailed description of the U. S. Rifle Musket series manufactures from 1855 to 1865, the most common weapon used in the Civil War.


Couch and Jenkins Monuments Dedicated Summer 2005


Dedication of monuments erected by the Camp Curtin Historical Society in Lemoyne and Mechanicsburg commemorating the Confederate invasion of Cumberland County and the defense of the Harrisburg area by Union troops in June 1863.

Grand Army of the Republic Summer 2005


A brief history of the post-war Union veterans’ organization and its insignia.


John Frederick Hartranft - General and Governor Fall 2005


Biography of John Hartranft, a Medal of Honor recipient for First Bull Run, who led the charge across “Burnside’s Bridge” at Antietam, commanded brigades and divisions in both the eastern and western armies, launched the attack that retook Fort Steadman at Petersburg, and returned to Pennsylvania to serve two terms as governor.


Curtin and the Soldiers Orphan Schools Winter 2005


The role of Governor Andrew Curtin in establishing schools for orphans of Civil War soldiers.


Pennsylvanias Civil War Capitol Building Spring 2006


A brief history of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building during the Civil War.


Harrisburg Area Subsidiary Camps Spring 2006


A description of camp around the Harrisburg area that were used when Camp Curtin was overcrowded or during the 1863 Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania.


John White Geary - General and Governor Summer 2006


Biography of John Geary, Mexican War hero, Mayor of San Francisco, Territorial Governor of “Bleeding Kansas, defender of Culp’s Hill at Gettysburg, and two term Governor of Pennsylvania.


Harrisburgs Grand Review for Black Troops Summer 2006


Denied the right to march in the Washington Grand Review, Pennsylvania’s United States Colored Troops held a victory parade in Harrisburg.


Civil War Field Artillery Fall 2006


A description of the organization, most common types of cannon, and loading procedure of field artillery during the Civil War.


Union Army Corps Insignia and Flags Spring 2007


A detailed description of the corps insignia system adopted by the Army of the Potomac in May 1863 and color drawing of the corps, division and brigade flags carried at Gettysburg.


Brig. Gen. Joseph Knipe Hometown Hero Summer 2007


Biography of Joseph Knipe, the Harrisburg militia officer who named Camp Curtin.  He commanded the 46th Pennsylvania Infantry and later rose to brigade and division command.  During the June 1863 Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania, he commanded a brigade that fought in Carlisle.


Pennsylvania Monuments at Antietam Fall 2007 and Winter 2007


Photographs and descriptions of Pennsylvania’s 20 monuments on the Antietam Battlefield.

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