Gathering place, training ground, site of ceremonies and parades - the drill field was the focal point of daily life at Fort Yellowstone.Each day began early with a bugler sounding reveille. Gradually, the fort came to life, and another bugle call brought horse-mounted soldiers trotting onto the field for the flag raising. Assignments were announced and troopers headed out to patrol Mammoth Hot Spring terraces. Those remaining behind assumed the never-ending task of caring for the post's horses, guard duty, or a work detail. At dusk, the bugler called all troopers back to the field for the lowering of the flag, and the day was concluded with a cannon firing from the top of Capitol Hill (to your left). Taps was played as lights winked out and quiet settled over the fort.