Near Appomattox Court House in Appomattox County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“Salute of Arms”
A surprised Maj. Gen. John B. Gordon instantly ordered his men to return the salute. Until now, the drama at Appomattox had been played out by major figures. But here was a profound expression of respect by the armies’ common soldiers. They, more than anyone else, would blaze the path to reconciliation in the years that followed.
Erected by Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, National Park Service, Dept. of the Interior.
Location. 37° 22.729′ N, 78° 47.542′ W. Marker is near Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in Appomattox County. Marker is on Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. It is located at the eastern end of the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road. Marker is in this post office area: Appomattox VA 24522, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Grant and Lee Meeting (here, next to this marker); Lee and Grant Meet (a few steps from this marker); Last Artillery Shots (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Final Combat (about 500 feet away); The Surrender Ceremony (about 600 feet away); County Jail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clover Hill Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Appomattox River (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Appomattox Court House.
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of Confederate Gen. John Gordon and Union Gen. Chamberlain, along with their respective armies.
“It was a scene worthy of a pilgrimage.” Brig. Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain, USA
Also see . . .
1. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. (Submitted on March 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Salute of Honor by Mort Kunstler. The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on December 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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