Cambridge, Massachusetts: Washington Command Monument and Tree

George Washington took command of America's fledgling army on this spot on July 3, 1775. There's a bas-relief plaque of Washington inspecting his troops beneath a tall tree, and a monument: "Under This Tree Washington First Took Command of the American Army."

Address:
Garden St., Cambridge, MA
Directions:
On the Cambridge Common, on the north side of Garden St. between Appian Way and Mason St. Look for the cannons that guard the monument and tree.
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Under this tree monument.

Tree Where General Washington Took Command

Monument denotes the tree where General Washington took command of the revolutionary army on July 3, 1775. Among several historical markers, in Cambridge Common on the Garden Street side, nearly in the middle of the block.

[Jeff, 07/15/2022]

The tree fell down in 1923, but enough time has passed that a sizable replacement tree has grown where the original once stood.

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