Those who have visited the Burnside Bridge know that at the far end of the bridge on the left side is a "witness tree." A witness tree is a tree that was alive on September 17, 1862.
There are at least five other witness trees in the park besides this one--three are in the West Woods on recently acquired property.
Of these three, one is dead but still standing, the other two, which are White Oaks, appear to be healthy.
These pictures were taken last weekend at around 9:30 a.m. and look southwest.
It is hard to tell in this picture just how large this tree is.
I estimate it to be about 175 feet tall and about four to five feet around.
To the left of the dead tree are the two other witness trees.
On September 17, 1862 these trees would have stood just to the left of the 59th New York Regiment. Jubal Early's brigade rushed past these trees on its way to engage the New Yorkers.
In the Cope/Carmen map (left), the dead tree is marked in gray and the two live trees in green.
The blue lines indicate the camera field of view (click to enlarge the map).
If you are ever in the West Woods, be sure to visit these magnificent trees--living witnesses to history.