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.
A detailed description of the U. S. Rifle Musket series manufactures from 1855 to 1865, the most common weapon used in the Civil War.
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.
A brief history of the post-war Union veterans’ organization and its insignia.
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.
The role of Governor Andrew Curtin in establishing schools for orphans of Civil War soldiers.
A brief history of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building during the Civil War.
A description of camp around the Harrisburg area that were used when Camp Curtin was overcrowded or during the 1863 Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania.
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.
Denied the right to march in the Washington Grand Review, Pennsylvania’s United States Colored Troops held a victory parade in Harrisburg.
A description of the organization, most common types of cannon, and loading procedure of field artillery during the Civil War.
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.
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.
Photographs and descriptions of Pennsylvania’s 20 monuments on the Antietam Battlefield.