Civil War Sesquicentennial

1865 Shenandoah Valley Sesquicentennial Events

In 2015, The National Park Service, the Key Partners, and many organizations throughout the Shenandoah Valley will commemorate the 150th anniversary of that year with a series of engaging and enlightening programs.

We are currently planning the 2015 season. Keep checking back for further updates.


Bells Ringing


Thursday, April 9, 2015
Join the National Park Service in Ringing "Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers 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 beginning of reconciliation and reconstruction, or as the next step in the continuing struggle for civil rights.Curriculum materials are available for schools interested in participating.

Share your story and help us write history!

Schools, parks, and communities from all over the country will be participating in this event. Share how you observed it with #BellsAcrosstheLand2015. Stories will be compiled in one place to see how each one helps build our national story.

Please join us in the historic commemoration. Let bells ring across the land!

For More Information - Call 540-869-3051

Saturday, June 20, 2015
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation presents:

"The Rocky Road to Peace": 1865 and the Post-War Era in the Valley

Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia
Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Cost: $20 per person
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