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Bell tolls end of five years’ work for committee

The Gloucester County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee marked the end of the War Between the States and the end of its work with the ringing of a bell on the steps of the colonial courthouse last Thursday.

The brief ceremony marked the end of the committee’s five years of efforts to educate the community about the war, with a special emphasis on the conflict’s impact on the county.

The committee, appointed by the county board of supervisors, planned several Civil War related programs that were presented in 2010 through 2014. Most were presented free of charge and together they involved hundreds of re-enactors and attracted thousands of local residents and out-of-town visitors.  

The committee was chaired by William D. Weaver Jr. and included vice chairman Wesley Wilson, secretary Warren Deal, treasurer Linda Grow, Ben Harris, Ted Bartley, Craig Smith, Bill Farinholt, Carol Steele and Hilton Snowdon.

Snowdon, the county tourism director, compiled the committee&r...

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