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Vermont to mark Civil War battle with church bells

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Church bells across Vermont will be ringing to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of the Wilderness.

The Vermont House passed a resolution urging bells to be rung for 10 minutes beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday to mark the moment on May 5, 1864 when Vermont soldiers were ordered into battle at a critical crossroads at what is now the Wilderness battlefield in Virginia.

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Vermont's losses during the two-day battle were 1,234—the most suffered by the state's soldiers in any single battle of the Civil War.

Vermont Civil War historian and author Howard Coffin says he hopes that many of the bells that will be run on Monday also toll to mark victories and other events during the war.

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