Illinois' Catholic bishops are calling on schools and parishes across the state to ring their bells next month to mark the end of the Civil War.
Archdiocese of Chicago officials say the plan arose out of the denomination's annual meeting. The requested four-minute ringing of bells at 2:15 p.m. on April 9 would coincide with the very hour of the ceremony leading to the end of the four-year Civil War. It would also mark an end to slavery in the United States in 1865.
Note: A nice sentiment, except that April 9th only marked the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia; President Johnston declared the war officially over on May 9th. The April 9th date also did not abruptly end slavery in every southern state; it continued in some for months afterwards.