An ancient white oak known as Jackson’s Prayer Tree has died as the result of rot, old age and high winds, according to a story by the Associated Press. The tree, located on a farm southeast of Harrisonburg, Va., came down in late May.
Following the Battle of Port Republic, the final battle of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s successful Shenandoah Valley Campaign, Jackson and his men camped near Weyers Cave. On June 14, 1862, he and his chief of staffRev. Robert L. Dabney held a camp prayer service under the canopy of several large trees. The Prayer Tree is believed to be one of them.
According to the AP, the property owner knew the story of the old oak and had been careful to preserve it. Donna Miller, daughter of the owner, said no trespassing signs had been posted near the downed tree to keep souvenir hunters away.
“The tree is down,” she said. “Let it rest.”