Appomattox Court House in Appomattox County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Surrender Ceremony
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 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); Appomattox Court House (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
Also see . . . Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. (Submitted on March 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Peace • War, US Civil •
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