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Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Site of a Tulip Tree

 
 
Tulip Tree Marker -- Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 21, 2011
1. Tulip Tree Marker -- Plaque
Inscription.  
Used as a signal station
· by ·
Confederate soldiers under
Gen. Jubal A. Early
during the attack on
· Washington ·
July 11 and 12, 1864
Also used by
Confederate Sharpshooters

The lower plaque reads:
Two cannon balls
Relics of Civil War days
found on the dairy farm
of
Thomas Lay
which is now a part of
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Donated by Mr. William R. Burdett

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureScience & MedicineWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 58.418′ N, 77° 1.671′ W. Marker is in Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Butternut Street Northwest west of Georgia Avenue Northwest (Route 29), on the right when traveling west. In front of the Provost Marshal's Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1004 Butternut Street, Washington DC 20307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Fort Stevens (within shouting distance of this marker); Borden's Dream
Cannonball Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 21, 2011
2. Cannonball Plaque
William Burdett and a friend found these cannonballs on the Lay farm in 1898, Burdett donated them to WRAMC in 1963.
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); WRAMC - Modern Era (about 400 feet away); Walter Reed General Hospital (about 500 feet away); Cameron's Creek and the Rose Garden (about 600 feet away); Borden's Dream Realized (about 600 feet away); Walter Reed Army Medical Center (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Walter Reed Army Medical Center (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brightwood.
 
Tulip Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 21, 2011
3. Tulip Tree Marker
This marker was erected soon after the demise of the tree in 1919, perhaps in 1920.
Site of a Tulip Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin A. McGrath, April 5, 2010
4. Site of a Tulip Tree Marker
Marker at the Provost Marshal's Building identifies location of a tree used by Confederates for signalling and sharpshooting.





No Tresspassing image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 25, 2013
5. No Tresspassing
The marker was inaccessible until December 2019. The WRAMC was closed. Although the gates were open and manned Monday through Friday, no one could get in without an appointment.
Site of a Tulip Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 8, 2017
6. Site of a Tulip Tree Marker
On July 8, 2017 Park Ranger Steve Phan led a walk to the Sharpshooter's tree monument on the former Walter Reed Campus.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2010, by Kevin A. McGrath of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 1,646 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on May 25, 2011, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 25, 2011, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on April 5, 2010, by Kevin A. McGrath of Washington, District of Columbia.   5. submitted on May 26, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on July 12, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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