Bells Across the Land Thursday April 9 2015

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Date: April 2, 2015

Fort Union National Monument News Release

Release Date:March 26, 2015

Contact:Lorenzo Vigil,505-425-8025

Special Event at Fort Union: April 9, 1:15 pm

"Bells Across the Land"

Watrous, NM: On Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1:15 pm Fort Union National Monument will be joining national parks and communities across the country in commemorating the 150th anniversary of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Union General Ulysses S. Grantat 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.Communities across the nation are invited to ring bells precisely at 1:15 pm (3:15 pm EDT) for four minutes (each minute representing a year of war). At Fort Union National Monument, this event will take place along the historic parade ground of Fort Union and, weather permitting, its Civil War Living History group will perform an honorary artillery salute to all of those who served during the Civil War. Afterward, a ranger led presentation on the New Mexican Volunteers and the important roles that they performed in the Southwest during the Civil War will take place.

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Fort Union (1851-1891) was the largest frontier military post and supply center of the southwest. The National Park Service preserves and protects the historic Fort Union and remnants of the Santa Fe Trail. To visit the monument, take Exit 366 off I-25 at Watrous, NM, onto State Hwy. 161, 8 miles. Park hours are 8:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.

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Last updated: April 2, 2015

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