Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sad demise for ancient Battle of Nashville 'witness' tree

Nels Jensen, my brother-in-law, stands by the massive trunk of what remains of 
the Battle of Nashville "witness" tree. (CLICK ON ALL IMAGES TO ENLARGE.)

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This Battle of Nashville "witness" tree -- located about a half-mile from Shy's Hill, the left of the Confederate line on Dec. 16, 1864 -- toppled in a severe storm on May 3. For perspective on the size of this once-majestic oak, my brother-in-law Nels stood next to it during a brief stop on our recent bike ride through the area. It's unknown if there is battle lead in this tree, located near Granny White Pike on the J.T. Moore Middle School campus. Check out the video below for more.

Even the tree's bark, held by my brother-in-law Nels, is massive.
The tree's core was rotted, perhaps a reason it toppled in the May 3 storm.
A marker on the oak, "believed to have been planted when Thomas Jefferson
was President of the United States (1801-1809)"

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1 comment:

  1. Maybe that oak isn’t a goner just yet. A sapling may sprout from the stump.