Buglers in the Civil War-A group of Regular Army buglers in the 1850s. This is one of the earliest photos of buglers.
Of all the memories veterans recalled of their Civil War experience, countless reminiscences of music can be found in thousands of letters and journals of soldiers who fought on both sides. Music played a large part in the war and the field music of buglers was not only necessary for the telling of time and duties in camp but also guided the actions of troops in battle. These buglers were not part of the brass bands that were common at the beginning of the war, but rather musicians who along with fifers and drummers enlisted with a regiment of infantry or cavalry.