The Last Salute Of The Army Of Northern Virginia
Boston Journal, May, 1901
Details of the Surrender of General Lee at Appomattox Courthouse, April 9th, 1865.
On April 11, 1865, the following transpired in a Appomattox: Lest we forget.
TERMS OF GENERAL GRANT [USMA1843]. By General J. L. Chamberlain [MofH]
“Having thus formed, the brigades standing at ‘order arms,’ the head of the Confederate column, General John B. Gordon in command, and the old ‘Stonewall’ Jackson [USMA1846] Brigade leading, started down into the valley which lay between us, and approached our lines. With my staff I was on the extreme right of the line, mounted on horseback, and in a position nearest the Rebel solders who were approaching our right.
“Ah, but it was a most impressive sight, a most striking picture, to see that whole army in motion to lay down the symbols of war and strife, that army which had fought for four terrible years after a fashion but infrequently known in war.
“At such a time and under such conditions I thought it eminently fitting to show some token of our feeling, and I therefore instructed my subordinate officers to come to the position of ‘salute’ in …
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