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Vermont commemorates 1864 Battle of the Wilderness

Saturday - 5/3/2014, 8:57am  ET

In this April 29, 2014 photo, Civil War historian and author Howard Coffin kneels in Berlin, Vt., at the marker of a Vermont soldier killed at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5, 1864. That battle was one of the most important, and lethal, battles for Vermont soldiers during the Civil War. The Vermont House has passed a resolution urging people to ring church bells at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 5, the 150th anniversary of the battle at the moment the order was given for the Vermonters to join the fight. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Associated Press

BERLIN, Vt. (AP) -- Church bells are set to toll across the state to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness, the deadliest Civil War battle for Vermont residents.

Vermont's losses during the two-day fight that began May 5, 1864, were vast. More than 1,200 soldiers from the state were killed, injured or missing after the battle in Virginia.

The state House passed a resolution urging that church bells be rung for 10 minutes beginning at 4 p.m. Monday to mark the time Vermonters were ordered into action.

Vermont Civil War historian and author Howard Coffin says he hopes many of the bells that ring Monday were also ones that tolled during the war.

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