South Richmond, Virginia: Highway Marker to a Dead Confederate Tree

First there was a Civil War battle, then there was a tree marking the battle, then there was a tombstone-like highway marker marking the tree. Just the marker now.
Jeff Davis Hwy., South Richmond, VA
I-95 exit 73, about two miles south of I-64. Turn left onto Maury St. After one mile, turn left onto Jeff Davis Hwy. Drive three-quarters of a mile. The marker is on the east side, at the intersection of Harwood St., in small traffic island triangle opposite the Model Tobacco Company.
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Highway marker at former site of tree.

Marker to Dead Confederate Tree

The tree is indeed dead! A good laugh for my eight-year-old daughter, who thinks they forgot to plant the tree.

[Jackie Lynn Bell, 03/10/2014]
Highway Marker to a Dead Confederate Tree

Sixteen granite markers were placed along the Jefferson Davis Highway (US 1) in Virginia by the United Daughters of the Confederacy from 1927 to 1947. This one stands about 5.5 feet tall and is 2 feet wide. Carved on its front, beneath an engraved Stars and Bars (its only appearance on the Virginia markers) is this inscription:

"This tree marks the site of Battery 17 of the inner defense of Richmond 1862-65 and is planted in soil taken from battlefields. A Memorial to Confederate Soldiers by the Elliott Grays Chapter UDC 1929"

The tree died decades ago.

[ Team, 04/14/2007]

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