The Surrender Ceremony

The Surrender Ceremony (HM3H3)

Location: Appomattox, VA 24522 Appomattox County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 22.65', W 78° 47.598'

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"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.
HM NumberHM3H3
Placed ByAppomattox Court House National Historic Park, National Park Service
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 7:55am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 695381 N 4139035
Decimal Degrees37.37750000, -78.79330000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 22.65', W 78° 47.598'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 22' 39.00" N, 78° 47' 35.88" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 241-309 George Peers Dr, Appomattox VA 24522, US
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