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Belligerent MuseFive Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War$
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Stephen Cushman and Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618777

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618791.001.0001

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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Repeats Appomattox

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Repeats Appomattox

(p.147) Chapter Five Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Repeats Appomattox
Belligerent Muse

Stephen Cushman

Gary W. Gallagher

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's Civil War writings and his experience at the surrender ceremony at Appomattox. It describes his position relative to the surrendering southerners led by General Gordon. The federal soldiers made some change in the way they were standing and that changed the tone of the surrender ceremony. It is argued that Chamberlain's famous salute to Gordon's troops was nothing more than calling his soldiers to attention for the sake of imposing stillness and silence on them.

Keywords:   surrender ceremony, Appomattox, salute, federal soldiers, General Gordon

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