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Stacking of Arms Ceremony in National Park Service Historic Village

Location: Appomattox
April 10, 2015
113 National Park Drive
Appomattox, VA 24522
(434) 352-8987

For many Confederate infantrymen, their moment of surrender came when they laid down their weapons and flags at a ceremony lasting about 6 1/2 hours on April 12. As the Confederates marched into the village one division at a time, they were received by a division (4,000-5,000) of Union soldiers.

This program will be demonstrated by Union reenactors lining the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road and Confederate reenactors marching in and stacking arms.

Historically, after the Confederates stacked their weapons, they returned to their camp and waited to receive individual parole passes to aid them in their trips home. It was at the beginning of this ceremony that Brigadier General Joshua Chamberlain ordered his men to salute the Confederates as they marched into the village, and according to him, Confederate General John Gordon ordered his men to return the salute.

Presented by Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

Hours: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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