On Tuesday, April 12th at 10:00 a.m., churches, schools and individuals in every corner of Livingston County will be ringing bells for two minutes to mark the solemn anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. The campus bell in Sturges tower will join in the commemoration. All are encouraged to to stop, listen and reflect as the bells sound throughout the county.
No one could have predicted the horror and desolation the Civil War would bring. More than 3000 soldiers left Livingston County to serve the Union, placing a tremendous burden upon the shoulders of the men, women and children on the home front. Livingston County citizens worked tirelessly throughout the four year ordeal to support relief efforts while laboring to keep farms and local industries alive.
Over the next four years, the County Historian’s Office will honor the memory of county residents who endured the many sacrifices demanded by the Civil War. A series of special events and projects is being planned to raise awareness of the significance of this era and its impact on the home front.