BREAKING NEWS ON APPOMATTOX
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|High Bridge, site of one of the last great battles of the Civil War was photographed in April, 1865 by Alexander Gardner and it appeared in his collection of images titled: "Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War," 1866. All images from the Library of Congress.|
|Title page of Gardner's 1866 book.|
BREAKING NEWS FOR THIS FRIDAY:
BELLS RING AT APPOMATTOX--For the past four years, the National Park Service and many other organizations and individuals have been commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the continuing efforts for human rights today. On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.
In conjunction with a major event at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, the National Park Service and its partners invite communities across the nation to join in this commemoration. The bells will ring first at Appomattox at 3:00 p.m. on April 9, 2015. The ringing will coincide with the moment the historic meeting between Grant and Lee in the McLean House at Appomattox Court House ended. 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.
After the ringing at Appomattox, bells will reverberate across the country. Churches, temples, schools, city halls, public buildings, historic sites, and others are invited to ring bells precisely at 3:15 pm for four minutes (each minute symbolic of a year of war). If you have access to any such organizations, please encourage them to participate.
The Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park will be participating in Bells Across the Land by having ringing bells in the Visitor Center lobby and at the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station at 3:15 pm on Thursday, April 9. And on the West Coast that would be Noon.