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Appomattox Court House in Appomattox County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Surrender Ceremony

 
 
The Surrender Ceremony Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
1. The Surrender Ceremony Marker
Inscription. “As my decimated and ragged band with their bullet torn banner marched into its place, someone in the blue line…called for three cheers for the last brigade to surrender… [F]or us this soldierly generosity was more than we could bear. Many of the grizzled veterans wept like women, and my own eyes were as blind as my voice was dumb.”
Major Henry Kyd Douglas, CSA

Throughout the day on April 12, 1865, shattered Confederate divisions marched into the village to surrender their weapons and flags. Union troops lined the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road to beyond the McLean House. Confederates – many of them racked with tears – marched between the two Union lines to lay down their arms.

By day’s end, about 22,000 Confederates had marched into the village and stacked arms. Hundreds more refused to do so, and simply left their weapons in camp. April 10 through 15, the Confederates received their paroles. The long journey home, and the difficult road to reconciliation, began.
 
Erected by Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 22.65′ N, 78° 47.598′ W. Marker is in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in Appomattox County. Marker is
The Surrender Ceremony Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
2. The Surrender Ceremony Marker
on State Highway 24, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is in the Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, nears the Peers House in the village, along Prince Edward Court House Road (now a walking path). Marker is in this post office area: Appomattox VA 24522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Final Combat (within shouting distance of this marker); Last Artillery Shots (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee and Grant Meet (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Salute of Arms” (about 600 feet away); Grant and Lee Meeting (about 600 feet away); County Jail (about 600 feet away); Clover Hill Tavern (about 800 feet away); April 1865 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Appomattox Court House.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a drawing of the surrender ceremony, and contains the caption: “This contemporary sketch (above) is perhaps the most accurate representation of the surrender ceremony. Gen. Joshua Chamberlain – commander of Union troops receiving the surrender – is on horseback at upper left.”

On the bottom left of the marker is a photograph titled “Stacking Arms” that depicts the Confederates surrendering their arms
Peers House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
3. Peers House
The Surrender Ceremony marker is located in front of the Peers House in the village of Appomattox Court House. From near this spot was fired the last shot from the artillery of the Army of Northern Virginia, on the morning of April 9, 1865.
and flags.
 
Also see . . .  Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. (Submitted on March 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. PeaceWar, US Civil
 
The Triangle image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
4. The Triangle
According to some accounts, the Confederates laid down their arms and colors around this triangle at the intersection of Prince Edward Court House Road and the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road.
Richmond - Lynchburg Stage Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
5. Richmond - Lynchburg Stage Road
The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia marched along this road on their way to the surrender ceremony in April, 1865.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,206 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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