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Salem, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sgt. James Walton

Salem Flying Artillery, C.S.A.

 
 
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By Kevin W., November 24, 2007
1. Sgt. James Walton Marker
Inscription. Here at East Hill Cemetery is buried Sgt. James Walton (1838-1875). A gunner in Capt. Charles B. Griffin's Battery (Salem Flying Artillery), Walton fired one of the last artillery shots by Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House. Stationed in the yard of the George Peers house at the northeastern end of the village, Griffin's battery fired at Union cavalry until ordered to stop. Walton had just loaded powder into a gun when the order arrived; he discharged the cannon to clear it and saved the primer as a souvenir.
 
Erected 1993 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-78.)
 
Location. 37° 17.649′ N, 80° 2.935′ W. Marker is in Salem, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of E. Main Street (U.S. 460) and Park Avenue, on the right when traveling east on E. Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salem VA 24153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Andrew Lewis’ Grave (a few steps from this marker); To honor our Confederate Soldiers (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); East Hill Cemetery North (about 500 feet away); General Andrew Lewis
Sgt. James Walton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 24, 2007
2. Sgt. James Walton Marker
(about 600 feet away); Lynchburg and Salem Turnpike (approx. ¼ mile away); Roanoke County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); World War 1917 - 1919 Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); General Andrew Lewis of Salem (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Salem.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,354 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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