Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Civil War Symbol Yields To Time
Having survived beyond its years, the noble tree finally succumbed to rot and weakened branches. After serving for 101 years as a living reminder of the debt we owe to the brave veterans of that terrible and costly war, the Silver Maple was removed.
[Inscription below photo of Silver Maple]
The Silver Maple (Acer Saccharinum), native to the eastern United States, takes its name from the silvery gray color of the underside of its leaves. Each leaf is five lobed and three to six inches wide. Leaves turn yellow or a combination of yellow and orange in autumn. The limbs of the Silver Maple ascend sharply upward with side branches
[Inscription below photos of Civil War Soldiers]
The memorial grove was planted to honor such men as these four members of the California Battalion of Calvary, who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the Union in the Civil War.
Led by Major D.W.C. Thompson of Sonoma County, the California Battalion was raised and recruited to represent California on the distant battlefields of the East.
[Inscription next to photo of Eliza Holloway Waggoner]
"Accept this gift of trees, guard them well; ...and as the years shall come and go, and as your children's children shall walk amidst the shadows of this Memorial Grove, ...may they become better citizens, more zealous patriots and may they know war nor more."
Eliza Holloway Waggoner
Memorial Grove Dedication
-May 1, 1897
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 34.582′ N, 121° 29.514′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 10th Street and L Street. Marker is located at the Memorial Grove on the grounds of the Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS California Bell Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Starr King (within shouting distance of this marker); California State Capitol Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Kenneth L. Maddy (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Bell Replica (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civil War Memorial Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Memorial Plaque (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Camellia Grove (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Regarding Civil War Symbol Yields To Time. Also see the Nearby Marker "The Civil War Memorial Grove" for Additional Information.
Also see . . .
1. The Memorial Grove. The Grove has trees from the Manassas, Harpers Ferry, Savannah, Five Forks, Yellow Tavern, and Vicksburg battlefields. Some trees come from other Civil War-related sites including the tombs of Presidents McKinley and Lincoln. (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
2. A Grove of Trees. Wikimapia Article (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
3. The Second Mass and its Fighting Californians. Company (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
4. The California Military Museum – The California Battalion of the Calvary. A further battalion of four companies were recruited in California to follow the first. These were formed as Companies E, F, L and M of the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry Regiment. The Californians served in many notable battles in Virginia and Maryland. (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
5. More Information about the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry. For the first half of their service, the regiment was primarily posted to the Washington, D.C. defenses. Later the regiment served in the Shenandoah Valley and the final Appomattox Campaign. (Submitted on January 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
1. Only Three of the Original Trees Remain
As of this date there are only three of the original trees remaining at the Grove. The Turkey Oak, which came from Savannah, The Tulip Poplar
The Park Service has acquired seedlings from several battlefields and planted these "descendants" to replace the originals.
— Submitted January 6, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 3,606 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on January 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.