Springfield Chapter NSDAR
Springfield, Illinois

Ulysses S. Grant Marker in Springfield, Illinois

Grant Tree marker July 1, 1927 - Springfield Chapter dedicated a marker at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Tree. General Grant camped under this tree and wrote orders for the 21st Illinois Infantry. The tree was destroyed during a tornado on May 2, 1942. A marker was dedicated in 1952 at the site of Dubois Grade School, where General Grant camped at the beginning of the Civil War. Marker at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Tree
DAR Marker Grant Civil War

September 11, 1952
. A new marker was dedicated on the grounds of Dubois School, 120 S. Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, in cooperation with the Illinois Historical Society and the Chicago Civil War Round Table. General Grant camped here at the beginning of the Civil War. The old marker stood on the (then) vacant lot on the corner of Douglas and Governor Streets.
Marker on Grant Tree

July 2, 1961. A boulder was erected south of Riddle Hill in the church yard, west of Springfield on Old Jacksonville Road. "Col. Ulysses S. Grant wrote orders for the 21st Illinois Infantry while camped near this site." Placed by the Springfield DAR and Springfield SAR Chapters commemorating the Civil War Centennial. Click on the photo for a larger image.

Grant Tree Rededication Marker

October 23, 2004. The Springfield Chapter rededicated the Grant Memorial Tree marker with the return of the original marker and the rededication plaque, located on opposite sides of the boulder placed in 1961 at New Salem Methodist Church, Riddle Hill, on Old Jacksonville Road. Click the photo for a larger image.

Colorguard at dedication of Grant Memorial Tree marker


Pictured at the rededication, left to right are: SAR members Steve Bradley and Richard Moldenhauer, former NSDAR First Vice President General Gale Fixmer, and SAR members Karl Reed and Samuel Kirby.







All photos by: Lynda Kerstein

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