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

“Salute of Arms”

 
 
"Salute of Arms" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
1. "Salute of Arms" Marker
Union Gen. Chamberlain orders his troops to salute the Confederate troops.
Inscription. On April 12, 1865, Union Brig. Gen. Joshua Chamberlain watched the distant ridge as the Confederates prepared for the surrender. They formed into column, marched into the valley, then up the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road toward the village. As the column approached this knoll, Chamberlain ordered his men to honor them. The Federals snapped to “carry arms” – the “marching salute.”

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. Touch 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.
"Salute of Arms" and other markers. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
2. "Salute of Arms" and other markers.
The "Salute of Arms" marker is located near the spot where Generals Lee and Grant met on April 10, 1865, after the surrender.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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). Touch for a list and map 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
 
This way to the Chamberlain - Gordon Salute site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
3. This way to the Chamberlain - Gordon Salute site
The way to the "Salute to Arms" marker is clearly marked by the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,792 times since then and 76 times this year. Last updated on March 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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