"Salute of Arms"

"Salute of Arms" (HM3H5)

Location: Appomattox, VA 24522 Appomattox County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 22.729', W 78° 47.542'

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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.
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HM NumberHM3H5
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Placed ByAppomattox Court House National Historical Park, National Park Service, Dept. of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:38am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 695460 N 4139183
Decimal Degrees37.37881667, -78.79236667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 22.729', W 78° 47.542'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 22' 43.74" N, 78° 47' 32.52" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 357-489 George Peers Dr, Appomattox VA 24522, US
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