Bells Across the Land Will Commemorate Civil War Anniversary

News Story: April 8, 2015

Sacred Heart University will join national parks and communities across the country on Thursday, April 9, in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War at Appomattox Court House. Bells will reverberate throughout the land as the country marks the symbolic end of the Civil War and the pivotal beginning of freedom and civil rights. At 3:15 p.m., the bells at SHU's Chapel of the Holy Spirit will ring for four minutes – one minute marking each year of the war.

Bells will ring first at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park at 3 p.m., 150 years to the moment when Union General Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate General Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. While Lee’s surrender did not end the Civil War, the act is seen by most Americans as the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed.

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Contact History Professor Julie Mujic with any questions at mujicj@sacredheart.edu.