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On April 9, 2015, Pea Ridge NMP will join other national parks and communities across the country in commemorating the 150th anniversary of Appomattox Court House by ringing bells to mark the day Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Union General Ulysses S. Grant met to discuss the terms of Lee's surrender. While Lee's surrender did not end the Civil War, the act was seen as the symbolic end to 4 years of bloodshed during which more than 750,000 Americans perished.
The event at Pea Ridge will take place April 9 at 2:15 CDT at the re-united soldiery monument near Elkhorn Tavern. We will ring various bells for 4 minutes (each minute representing a year of the war). We encourage visitors to BYOB (bring your own bell) or download a ringing bell tone on your smartphone and come help us commemorate the event. The park will have 30 bells for visitors to use. We encourage local towns, schools and communities to participate by ringing bells at schools, town halls and churches. Share your event! Photos, videos and posts will be compiled to build our national story!
Pea Ridge National Military Park preserves the site of and commemorates the March 1862 Civil War battle that helped Union forces gain control of Missouri.Administered by the National Park Service, the 4,300 acre battlefield is located 10 miles north of Rogers on US Highway 62.