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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Jefferson Davis Highway

 
 
Jefferson Davis Highway UDC Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 10, 2010
1. Jefferson Davis Highway UDC Marker
Inscription.
This tree marks the
site of Battery 17 of
the inner defenses of
Richmond, 1862-1865, and
is planted in soil taken
from battlefields
A memorial to
Confederate soldiers
by the Elliott Grays
Chapter U.D.C. 1929.

 
Erected 1929 by Elliott Grays Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 37° 30.201′ N, 77° 26.798′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) and Harwood Street, on the right when traveling north on Jefferson Davis Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23224, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Richmond Defences (approx. 0.7 miles away); Manchester Elliott Grays (approx. 1.3 miles away); Colonel Thomas Stegge, Jr. (approx. 1.3 miles away); Manchester Lodge No. 14 (approx. 1.5 miles away); Manchester Canal (approx. 1.7 miles
Jefferson Davis Hwy & Harwood St (facing south) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 10, 2010
2. Jefferson Davis Hwy & Harwood St (facing south)
away); Headgate (approx. 1.7 miles away); Headgate Cleaner (approx. 1.7 miles away); Gun Emplacement (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Regarding Jefferson Davis Highway. "The Elliott Grays Marker, in Richmond, is one of 16 granite markers erected (1927–47) in Virginia along the commemoratively designated Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1). Following the creation of the Lincoln Highway in 1913, the United Daughters of the Confederacy conceived the idea of linking 3,417 miles of various roads from Arlington to San Diego and naming the route for the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, with signs designating the highway. The UDC promoted the Davis highway in educational brochures and maps nationwide and it considers the highway and affiliated markers to be one of its greatest undertakings. The four-foot tall Grays marker, set on a concrete base, reads: “Jefferson Davis / Highway / This tree marks the / site of Battery 17 of / the inner defenses of / Richmond, 1862-65, and / is planted in soil taken / from battlefields / A memorial to / Confederate Soldiers / by the Elliott Grays / Chapter U.D.C. 1929.” (The
Ingram Ave & Harwood St on Jefferson Davis Hwy image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 10, 2010
3. Ingram Ave & Harwood St on Jefferson Davis Hwy
tree died many years ago.) The UDC chapter took its name from Company I, 6th Virginia Infantry, The Elliott Grays, a Civil War militia unit organized in Chesterfield County." Notes on Virginia, Number 50, page 9, 2006. Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
 
Also see . . .  Elliott Grays Marker, Jefferson Davis Highway (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on June 10, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,301 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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