Bells to ring on April 9 to mark Lee’s surrender

Representatives of local churches, schools and other buildings are being asked to take part in a national observance of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House, Va., on April 9.

The National Park Service is coordinating the bell-ringing, at 3:15 p.m. and lasting four minutes, throughout Civil War communities across the country.

April 9, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the day that Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the McLean House in Appomattox. While the surrender did not end the war, it was seen as a symbolic end of the four-year American Civil War.

At Appomattox, the bells will ring at 3 p.m. Bells at local churches, schools and other buildings should ring at 3:15 p.m. and ring one minute for every year of the Civil War.

Destination Gettysburg, in cooperation with Gettysburg National Military Park, is working with communities in Adams County for participation in the national bell-ringing.