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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

 
Location. 38° 58.418′ N, 77° 1.671′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Butternut Street NW near Georgia Avenue NW (Route 29). Touch for map. In front of the Provost Marshal's Building. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20307, United States of America.
 
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); Company K, 150th Ohio National Guard Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 122nd New York Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); 98th Pennsylvania Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 25th New York Cavalry
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.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Roll Call (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battleground National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battleground National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
Categories. MilitaryNatural FeaturesWar, US Civil
 
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 is now inaccessible. The WRAMC has been closed. Although the gates are open and manned Monday through Friday, no one can 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 July 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2010, by Kevin A. McGrath of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 1,502 times since then and 119 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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